A Travel Alaska trade mission to the UK recently highlighted the opportunities for the trade to capitalise on continuing growth in tourism from the UK.

The destination is forecasting increased cruise ship capacity and new flights. For instance, this year is set for an increase in Icelandair's seasonal direct flights between Reykjavik and Anchorage, with easy connections from Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester.

In addition, Alaska Airlines connects from cities throughout the US, Canada and Mexico, and in all serves 95 destinations including 20 in Alaska. On the cruising front, 31 large ships are due to call some 396 times this year with a total passenger count of almost 66,000.

The state's Lorene Palmer said: "The expansion of cruise capacity and additional air service will make 2013 a strong year for Alaska's visitor industry. Travellers will find that Alaska is more attractive than ever, given the wide variety of large and small ship options, new domestic and international air service, and a host of new tours and attractions."

Also on the UK trade mission were representatives from Anchorage, Fairbanks, the Northern Alaska Tour Company, Valdez & Stan Stephens Cruises and Within The Wild Adventure Company.

Further information at www.travelalaska.com


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