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Expert: Number of Alaska cruise visitors expected to grow


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The number of cruise ship visitors in Alaska is primed to make a sizeable jump in the next two years, a cruise industry expert said.

John Binkley, the president of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska, said his organization has predicted that the number of cruise ship visitors will jump 19 percent between 2017 and 2019, the Juneau Empire reported Wednesday. Binkley said that would mean 200,000 more visitors in Alaska.

About 1.1 million cruise visitors came to Alaska in 2017, which was the most in state history, he said. That was on 33 ships and just under 50...

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