Alaska Hotel & Lodging Association

2016 Legislative Priorities


I. Maintain a healthy business climate


AKHLA supports policies that will help Alaska's hospitality businesses succeed, including:


a.    Energy costs: AKHLA supports initiatives that lower the cost of energy and ensures adequate and reliable deliverability in Alaska.


b.    Workforce development: AKHLA supports efforts to promote workforce development and training opportunities for Alaska's hospitality industry.


c.    Workers' compensation: AKHLA supports enacting systemic changes to the Alaska workers' compensation insurance statutes to reduce the cost of insurance for employers while maintaining effective treatment programs that promote injury recovery and the return to full employment of injured workers.


d.    Wages: AKHLA supports a viable minimum wage that will maintain the economic health of the industry and the demand for jobs. 


e.    Targeted industry taxes: AKHLA opposes taxes targeted at Alaska’s visitor industry that will negatively impact Alaska’s ability to compete with other domestic and international travel destinations.


II. Long-term tourism marketing funding


A well-funded and sustainable tourism marketing program is critical to the success of Alaska's economy. Governor Parnell and the Alaska Legislature are to be commended for enacting a FY2014 operating budget of $16 million for tourism marketing as this is a necessary step to successfully competing on the world stage for national and international travelers. AKHLA supports substantially expanding Alaska's marketing campaign for 2015 and beyond as it will create additional jobs and further grow Alaska’s economy. 


III. Healthy cruise industry


All of Alaska’s accommodation businesses benefit from the marketing dollars and sheer volume of visitors the cruise industry brings to the state each year. AKHLA supports a stable and positive economic climate that incentivizes the highly competitive, world-wide cruise industry to increase its presence in Alaska.