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June 26, 2014

Earlier this week, tourism leaders from across the country met in Washington to reinforce to Congress the strength and importance of the travel and tourism industry, focusing on tribal tourism.

The Southeast Tourism Society Congressional Summit, staged in partnership with the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) and the National Tour Association (NTA), brought to light the significance the travel and tourism industry makes to national and local communities.

Discussions included topics such as the National Park Service and its 2016 centennial, national transportation policy and reauthorisation of Brand USA.

One of the most significant discussions to Indian Country during the summit was the national transportation policy, which resulted in AIANTA promising to play a central role in pushing the policy forward.

AIANTA Executive Director Camille Ferguson said at the Summit, we will focus on more than just basic roads, programs like Scenic Byways, Rails to Trails, bike paths, roads on federal lands, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ tourism program are significant moving forward.  

“Transportation is an issue of critical importance to Indian Country and to communities, large and small, across the country, on behalf of AIANTA, we are excited to play a central role in in this important discussion,” Ms Ferguson said.

Source = ETB News: Lewis Wiseman

Anchorage Civic & Convention Center Update

Anchorage: Gateway to the Alaska Panhandle, North Pacific, Canada's Yukon and Russian Siberia
Historical Flashback

Anchorage Area: The first settlers arrived in the area around 4,000 BC. They were descended from tribes who first migrated across the land bridge from Siberia over 29,000 years ago.

• Russian trappers and hunters land in search of furs and trade in the mid-1700s.

• Captain James Cook's search for the Northwest Passage in 1778 led him to explore the waterway that now borders downtown Anchorage.

• Across Cook Inlet from Anchorage, near Knik, the first Russian mission was established (1835). Some 32 years later, Russia sells its North American territories to the USA (1867) through the efforts of William Seward, Secretary of State, for $7.2 million (2 cents an acre).

• Prospectors strike gold in 1882 at Crow Creek near Girdwood, 40 miles south of Anchorage.

• Alaska's population in the 1900 census is listed at 29,500 Eskimos, Indians and Aleuts; 4,300 Alaskan Caucasians and 26,000 newcomers.

• Congress authorizes the construction of the Alaska Railroad in 1914, being the only U.S. government owned railroad in history. Anchorage was selected as its headquarters, attracting thousands to the area, where a land auction shaped the future of the city. In late 1918, the first train from Seward reached Anchorage. Anchorage was incorporated on November 23, 1920

• Growth of agriculture: Federal support of the Matanuska Valley Project of 1935 brings over 200 families from the drought-ravaged Midwest to that fertile valley north of Anchorage.
• Military: Anchorage's strategic position attracts military interest, and in June, 1940, the first U.S. soldiers arrive to build Fort Richardson army base and Elmendorf Air Force Base. Japanese invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands in 1942, sparks construction of the Alaska Highway.

During the war years the population grows from 7,724 to 43,314.
• International Airport opens in 1951, with transpolar flights to Europe and Asia. Anchorage adopts the term "Air Crossroads of the World."
• Oil is discovered in 1957 at Swanson River on Kenai Peninsula.
• Alaska becomes the 49th state in 1959, when President Dwight Eisenhower signs the Statehood.
• Anchorage and South Central Alaska ravaged by the largest earthquake ever recorded in North America (9.2).
• Oil discovered at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska in 1968, leading to the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline in 1974. This activity creates a boom, as oil and construction firms set up headquarters.
• The first "Iditarod" Sled Dog Race starts in March, 1973 from Anchorage.
• Anchorage is selected by the United States Olympic Committee as its choice to host the 1992 Winter Olympic Games, the same year as Alaska celebrates the Alaska Highway's 50th anniversary.

Airport and Flight Information

Profiles of Anchorage International Airport, Merrill Field, Fairbanks International and Juneau International airports to come.  

Anchorage Convention/Visitors Bureau
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Anchorage, AK 99501-2212
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