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Cruise Lines Cling to Hope for 2021 Season | Chilkat Valley News

Ketchikan Alaska

The Haines Borough Assembly has asked interim manager Alekka Fullerton to draft a resolution welcoming small cruise ships to the community in preparation for its next regular meeting on March 9.

“It’s really important that we put out something official because we have been contacted by some of the ships saying they want to come, but I can’t tell them, ‘We want you, officially.’ That would obviously be an assembly thing,” tourism director Steven Auch said at a meeting Feb. 23, adding that acting quickly is important because cruise lines are trying to solidify sailing plans.

The assembly’s interest aligns with a recommendation from the borough’s Tourism Advisory Board (TAB), which met in February to finalize a 2021 COVID-19 mitigation plan recommendation for tour operators and, at the same meeting, voted to recommend that the assembly support opportunities for cruise ships of all sizes to return to Haines.

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