History and Purpose
Visit Anchorage promotes Anchorage as a destination by:
- Providing a vehicle for the merging of public and private resources
- Securing and maintaining social, cultural and economic visitor benefits for Anchorage residents on a year-round basis
- Promoting the Municipality of Anchorage, including all facilities, attractions, activities and services from Portage Glacier to the village of Eklutna, including downtown, Chugach State Park and portions of Chugach National Forest
- Promoting all major attractions, activities, and member facilities and services within a day's outing from downtown. Relating to this purpose, Visit Anchorage is also a vehicle for the promotion of all of Alaska as a visitor destination.
History of Visit Anchorage
The Municipality of Anchorage established the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, now known as Visit Anchorage, in 1975 in response to voters and the visitor industry to stimulate tourism growth and to diversify the economy.
For more than 40 years, Visit Anchorage has adapted to meet new opportunities and grown to tackle challenges. Services have been added, sales efforts enhanced, and communications options expanded. As a result, we have met or exceeded sales goals for conventions sold and tourism sales, and experienced many record-breaking milestones, including six consecutive years of bed tax growth starting in 2009 and 2015 collections totaling $26.2 million.