Southeast needs to protect its economy
January 6, 2022
The first cruise ships are less than four months away from pulling into Southeast Alaska ports. After a year of no ships in 2020, followed by a year of weak returns in 2021, the region is looking forward to a healthy number of cruise passengers this summer — maybe even a record number.
Businesses, their employees and sales tax collectors dream of a strong 2022 for a healthy rebuilding from the sickly COVID-19 economics of the past two cruise ship seasons.
The emphasis this year should be on healthy.
No cruise company is going to want to offload its passengers into a community in the midst...