Anchorage-based rental firm Great Alaskan Holidays was selected by Google, LLC to represent Alaska in its annual Google Economic Impact Report (EIR 2017).

According to a press release, Director of Marketing Bob Johnson and software engineer Wes Rathburn Sr. recently visited the Google headquarter campus in Mountain View, Calif., for the “Grow With Google” event.  During the event, they were introduced to various other organizations throughout the United States who were also applying Google assets in creative, productive manners, and received insight on new Google technologies soon to be deployed.       

“Google’s EIR represents the country’s best businesses who most effectively and efficiently utilize and showcase the use of the Internet to grow their business,” said Johnson. “To be recognized by Google and to visit their headquarters campus further equips us with validations and additional insights as to how we can continue reaching out to our customers, and offering them a world-class experience”.                 

The purpose of the EIR is to highlight Google’s local economic impact in each of the 50 United States and Washington, D.C.  For Alaska, Great Alaskan Holidays had been selected as a significant contributor to the state’s economy, and more specifically, its tourism industry.  Google’s search and advertising tools helped provide $283 billion of economic activity for American businesses, website publishers, and nonprofits across the U.S. in 2017.       

For more information about Great Alaskan Holidays and Google’s Economic Impact Report, please visit www.google.com/economicimpact for the Alaska feature.  Please go to https://economicimpact.google.com/static/reports/2017/ei-report-2017.pdf for the full report.