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Anchorage Cashing in on Busy Convention Summer

By Adam Pinsker, Multimedia Political Reporter, apinsker@ktuu.com
Published On: Aug 08 2014 08:10:33 PM AKDT
Updated On: Aug 08 2014 08:22:21 PM AKDT

Channel 2's Adam Pinsker reports on how a busy conference season is helping the bottom line for the Municipality of Anchorage and businesses throughout the city.

ANCHORAGE -

The people holding maps and wandering around the streets of Downtown Anchorage this summer are not all tourists. That is good news for the city's bottom line.

The second of three large conventions is set to open Sunday at the Dena’nina Center.

The National and Western Council of State Governments are combining their annual conventions in Anchorage, an event that will bring 1,800 lawmakers and their families to Alaska for a week.

"From all 50 states, 6 Canadian Provinces, D.C. and three of the U.S. Territories,” said CSG Director David Adkins. “It really is bringing the U.S. and Canada to Anchorage."

According to Visit Anchorage, the CSG Summit will contribute nearly $2.3 million to the local economy.

"Restaurants, hotels, gift shops, and even non-traditional tourism businesses, everybody really reaps the benefits when we have a meeting like this come into town,” said Visit Anchorage CEO Julie Haupe.

Haupe said Anchorage has drawn more conventions every summer since the Dena’nina Center was built.

Last month, the National Congress of American Indians drew 1,400 people to Anchorage, with $2 million added to the economy.

The International Epidemiological Association is expected to bring about that many people to the Dena’nina Center for its convention later this month.