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RV rental reservations for this summer are up 12% in Alaska even though it appears the number of tourists visiting the state will be down, according to the Anchorage Daily News, which quoted an Alaska Travel Industry Association survey.
The association conducted its most recent survey in late March and 256 Alaska businesses responded.
Reservations for this coming summer for all types of tourism activities in Alaska were down 13% as of late March, with hotel, wilderness lodge, cabin and air taxi reservations being down sharply. Hotel bookings, for example, are down 28%, according to the association.
Meanwhile, in addition to the 12% increase in RV rental reservations, bookings for day cruises and charters are up 3%. Also, the Daily News saw that “tours and activities in multiple locations, a vague category dubbed statewide activities, reported a 23% climb in reservations.”
The March survey results are much more upbeat than the results from surveys conducted by the Alaska association in December and February. In December, Alaskan tourism-related businesses felt their volume would be down 23% this summer, and in February, they estimated that their declines would be around 24%.
Shortly after Sept. 11, the Alaska association estimated tourism would plunge 60% in the state this year.