hits the midway point, KMXT checked in with the Kodiak Island Convention and
Visitors Bureau to see how tourism is going. Janet Buckingham is the executive
director of the bureau and said there have been an unprecedented number of
visitors to Alaska's Emerald Isle.
"By all looks we are having an
unprecedentedly busy year. We have been so busy in the visitor's center, even
without cruise ships, we just have thousands of people seem to be coming
through the visitors center this year."
Buckingham said the numbers come
from excellent marketing by everyone on the island, but also the amount of
publicity Kodiak has gotten in the media. She said shows like the weather
channel's Coast Guard Alaska
have really put Kodiak on the minds of a lot of people. On that note,
Buckingham said she expects to see even more tourists when singer Pitbull
visits at the end of the month.
"We are hoping for a little tourism spike
when Pitbull comes. We still don't have any official word. We have been in
communication with some of the people working on the event, but we don't have a
specific date or venue. We don't know yet, but I know that there are people
that were planning on coming down from Anchorage and other places in Alaska if
he does give a performance here, so we're hoping that will give us a little
page has more than 22 million fans, so if anything, Buckingham says that's 22
million more people that know about Kodiak.
ships will continue to bring tourists through September. The next ship will
arrive on July 22.