By Associated Press - Monday, April 27, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska is preparing for a strong tourist season, with industry forecasts predicting about 1 million passengers on Alaska cruises.

KTOO-FM reports (https://bit.ly/1DtcMa4 ) that former state lawmaker and current president of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska John Binkley expects a 3 percent increase in cruise passengers this year. Binkley also warned that as the cruise industry expands globally and newer ships are deployed to ports in Asia, Alaska is losing market share.

Binkley spoke with the Juneau Chamber of Commerce about how passenger fees are being spent, specifically a long-planned dock expansion to allow more Panamax ships to tie up downtown. The cruise line wanted an entirely new dock built, not an extension.

The first two cruise ships of the year are due in Juneau on May 4.

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Information from: KTOO-FM, https://www.ktoo.org

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