(Anchorage Daily News, 26 August 2009) -- FAIRBANKS - It hasn't been a good tourist season for Interior Alaska. The number of passengers at Fairbanks International Airport fell by 11 percent to about 294,000 in the May-July period, compared to a year ago, said Jesse VanderZanden, the airport's manager. The Convention and Visitors Bureau, meanwhile, expects Fairbanks will see a double-digit decline in stays at hotels and bed and breakfasts, a figure reflected in government revenue from hotel room taxes, said Deb Hickok, bureau president. The decline also has been seen at tourist attractions such as the University of Alaska Museum of the North, where attendance in the May-to-July period fell by roughly one-quarter. The sluggishness in the Interior tourist season mirrors reports from the Anchorage area and Southeast in recent weeks of a big drop-off in visitors this summer. The U.S. recession is getting much of the blame for the decline.
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