Summit participants push repeal of cruise tax

July 26, 2009 at 2:26 a.m.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Participants of a tourism summit are calling for a $50 head tax on cruise ship passengers to be repealed.

Tourism industry leaders at the Juneau summit also agreed to work on creating a group to work on a repeal.

One of the participants, Steve Hites of Skagway, is urging incoming Gov. Sean Parnell to establish a task force on tourism.

Hites says Parnell should put the tourism task force and the head tax on the table for legislative discussion.

Rep. Bert Stedman, a Sitka Republican, told participants there doesn't appear to be much support in the legislature for repeal of the tax.

But he added that if the tourism slowdown affects Anchorage and Fairbanks this summer, then support may build.

Similar tourism summits are planned for Anchorage and Fairbanks.

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Information from: KINY-AM, http://www.kinyradio.com


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