Dear Travel Juneau members,

This summer is flying by – we’ve begun our new fiscal year, meaning we’re halfway through our 2016 cruise season. This is a time for the organization to strategize, plan, and this, year, meet some new challenges.

You’re probably aware of the most recent 60% reduction in the Alaska Travel Industry Association’s (ATIA) budget. As we await ATIA’s response, please be assured that we’re proactively reviewing the Travel Juneau marketing plan in anticipation of a shift in ATIA’s own plan.  Staff continually researches and evaluates marketing trends and opportunities to promote Juneau.

In happier news, staff is hosting our website team from Simpleview, Inc., July 11-14, immersing them in all things Juneau so that they can get a solid feel for our destination. During the week, the Simpleview team will deliver a first run at the website framework, colorization, and overall look of the new website. Many thanks to Christy for her hard work in setting the itinerary for the visit, and to Craig Jennison and Gin Anderson for participating as board liaisons for this portion of the project.

As announced earlier, Kevin has been named to the 2016 class of Destination Marketing Associations International’s “30 Under 30,” which recognizes the efforts and talent of a new generation of DMO professionals. As part of this national recognition, Kevin will attend DMAI’s 2016 Annual Convention in Minneapolis this August, compliments of DMAI. Congratulations to Kevin!

Speaking of membership, this is renewal season. Please pay your renewal via the membership portal or print your invoice and mail a check.  I’d also like to welcome and thank the following businesses as new members to the organization: Made in Alaska, Deckhand Dave’s, Pacific Catalyst II, Forno Rossa Alaska, and Steamship Landing.

Finally, as I close my first year as President & CEO, let me extend my thanks to the board and membership for your support. Alongside a talented, professional staff, I look forward to the continued evolution, growth, and advancement this organization.

Thank you for your continued support of Travel Juneau!