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Could ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ spike tourism at the Last Frontier?

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Laura Donovan
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Not all Alaskans love Sarah Palin, but tourism workers in the state are hoping their former governor’s television show will convince Americans from the lower 48 to head north.

In several new advertisements slated to run on cable stations through March, the Alaska Travel Industry Association includes scenes from “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” The promoters also show segments from “Deadliest Catch,” “Ice-Road Truckers” and images of wildlife, icebergs, mountains, kayaking and fishing.

Kathy Dunn, the ATIA marketing director, told the Associated Press that any and all Alaska press benefits the state.

“Obviously, any time you put Alaska in front of people, no matter the context, it’s a good thing,” Dunn said. “Exposure is always good.”

Alaska visitor numbers increased in 2010 and are expected to continue to grow in 2011.

ATIA President Ron Peck said in a statement that Alaska has to do what it can to keep tourism afloat.

“It’s important for Alaska to maintain its visibility as the economy improves,” Peck said.

In addition to being featured in Alaska tourism ads, the first season of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is now available for pre-order.

  • southernandproud

    I visited this beautiful state before I ever heard of SP. We heard a lot of extremely positive comments on our tours about the gov of the state which I thought was unusual. The idiots who claim she quit and no one likes her probably are like the Palin blogger haters. They don’t have a life. I wish we could have been that proud of our governor. Beautiful state.

    • southernandproud

      And by quit I don’t mean that like the Palin haters do. She left a lame duck legislature which was a smart thing to do. She continues to be successful which is probably the reason for the hatred.

      • The Die Hard

        She QUIT, you stupid teabaglican. She QUIT an elected position. That’s not like quitting your own personal job of flipping hamburgers. She QUIT, VIOLATING A PUBLIC CONTRACT.

        The barbie-wanna-be is NOT “successful,” except among you IDIOTS who waste your money on her makeup. Your problem, not mine. Have fun going broke.

        Oh, and “her” show has already been cancelled. Also, in the REAL WORLD, tourism is DOWN, except for the Chinese moguls looking for how much they can buy up. Alaska doesn’t have to secede — not that we’d mind getting rid of you — because China already owns pretty much everything there.

  • gahanson

    You answered your own question:

    “Alaska visitor numbers increased in 2010 and are expected to continue to grow in 2011.”

    You will also see that 2009 tourism went up as well.

    Do you really think that Palin hasn’t already had an impact on tourism? With the official unemployment rate hovering around 10 percent, and probably closer to 15 percent, there has been an upturn in the number of people from the lower 48 visiting Alaska ever since Sarah Palin became a national figure.

  • michaelslevinson

    Except for the melting ice caps and dramatically disappearing coastline Alaska is beautiful. You can see Russia from a meth den in Wasilla. Happy New Year.

    mchaelslevinson.com

  • kitkat

    Sarah Palin’s series most likely will help the tourism. There have been other series’ about Alaska, like Ice Road Truckers & one coming up about Alaskan pilots that helps spike peoples’ interests in Alaska also. I wish I could afford to visit, but it takes a different kind of person than myself to want to live there. Happy New Year, everyone!

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  • craigiri

    >Not all Alaskans love Sarah Palin

    Understatement of the year – poll yesterday showed her approval rating in that conservative GOP state where she quit Gov….being 33%, about as low as Bush when he left office!

    In this case, THAT might help tourism! I would go there now, because I now know that Alaskans are as smart as the rest of us and reject quitters and ho’s.

    • theprofessor

      “ho’s. ”

      If that were the case, you wouldn’t be welcomed.

    • pepito

      Ahaa-hahahahaaa, craigirls are epitomes of ho’s…

    • southernandproud

      Your maturity level is about as low as your IQ which is in single digits I’m sure.

  • Sonny119

    You Go Sarah..!!!

  • wodiej

    I plan to go when I get back to work. I love to travel to beautiful places and enjoy the outdoors. I’ve had friends who took cruises there and loved it. I admire Palin and would love a chance to meet her.

  • didacticrogue

    While I find the folksy charm and family dynamic of the series a little tiring, there is no denying that the cinematography is often absolutely breathtaking. Alaska looks like a magnificent part of the world and a great place to visit – if only three months out of the year.

  • TellTheTruth

    As an artist, what I’ve seen of the Alaskan landscape, I would certainly be interested in going there! Thanks to Palin, I think many more people will plan a trip!