KTVA 11 News Alaska
By: Daniella Rivera
It’s officially tourist season as the first cruise ship of the year has docked at the Port of Anchorage for Memorial Day, bringing hundreds of passengers to the city.
The average tourist spends about $941 in Alaska during their stay. With oil prices still low, every dollar they put into the local economy helps.
“We had record-breaking days these last few days from the cruise ships coming in,” said Andres Guarderas, who operates a hot dog stand downtown.
Visit Anchorage estimated about 11,000 cruise ship passengers came to Anchorage last summer, and predict even more will visit this year.