It’s almost here – the end of the 2016 summer season! Here are a few updates before you take off on a well-deserved break.

Staff is still very busy with an end-of-season rush of travel writers and tour operators who help spread the word about all that Juneau has to offer, including your business and visitor products. In mid-September, Travel Juneau will host several media and tour operators ahead of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) convention then staffing a booth at the event.  It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase Juneau’s visitor products – and our scenery – to a global audience of influencers!

Work on the new website is on schedule, with the general wireframe, design specs, and sitemap delivered and approved. Simpleview aims for a launch date of Spring 2017.

This month, we said goodbye to Jessie Knudsen, who moved to Washington State to be closer to her family. I’m happy to report that Kirk Stagg will join the TJ team as convention sales manager on September 12. When you see Kirk, please welcome him aboard!

On a related note, the “Bring it Home” program launched on the Juneau Radio Center Stations this month, with both broadcast ads and a website banner ad where visitors to the KINY website can fill out an online form to get more information about the program directly from Travel Juneau. Many thanks to Richard Burns for his support of the radio campaign and to Alaska Airlines for their support of the program.

Businesses both new and old are constantly supporting Travel Juneau’s mission through membership. This month, we’re happy to welcome The Coconut Thai Cuisine and Zen Alaska! The Coconut Thai Cuisine is a second downtown location from the owners of Suwanna Cafe: “Grab n’ go lunchtime Thai tastes.” Zen Alaska is a brand new tour company focusing on “meaningful time in Alaska in an intimate setting exploring with intention in silent walks, meaningful processes, and mindful snacks.”

As we wind into fall, please consider running for the Travel Juneau Board of Directors. The board helps drive the vision of our organization and depends upon engaged members from across all industry categories, including our associate members. This is a great way to be part of Juneau’s future as a destination.

Finally, we just received two pieces of news. Michaela Trimble, travel writer for Vogue, will be in town mid-September to write a piece focusing on Juneau’s food scene.  Be sure to check out Christy’s upcoming blog post about the value of Travel Juneau’s media outreach to our members and to the community.

Sadly, we also learned that a much-loved volunteer, Ron Turner, passed away on Sunday, August 21.  Ron was known as the man who would dry off benches and seats with a squeegee, and although he volunteered for Travel Juneau for a relatively short time, he made his mark with other volunteers and visitors alike. He will be greatly missed.

Bob Anderson at First Bank recently told me, “Every business in Juneau is in the visitor industry.” Thank you  for your continued support of Travel Juneau.