- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A busy convention season is expected to pump millions of dollars into the Anchorage economy this year.

The second of three large conventions coming to the city is set to open Sunday, KTUU-TV reported (https://is.gd/EITnRh ).

The National and Western Council of State Governments are combining their annual conventions in Anchorage. Officials say that event that will bring 1,800 lawmakers and their families to Alaska for a week.

They will be flying in from all 50 states, six Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia and three of the U.S. territories.

“It really is bringing the U.S. and Canada to Anchorage,” said Council Director David Adkins.

Visit Anchorage expects the government convention to contribute nearly $2.3 million to the local economy.

“Restaurants, hotels, gift shops, and even non-traditional tourism businesses, everybody really reaps the benefits when we have a meeting like this come into town,” said Visit Anchorage CEO Julie Haupe.

Haupe said Anchorage has drawn more conventions every summer since the Dena’nina Center was built.

Last month, the National Congress of American Indians drew 1,400 people to Anchorage, with $2 million added to the economy.

The International Epidemiological Association is expected to bring about the same number to the Dena’nina Center for its convention later this month.


Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com

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