Alaska’s Southeast Conference is calling for Ticket Price Increases
Chatter re the Alaska Marine Highway System (a ferry system which has suffered from aging vessels and a shortage of operational monies)- is calling for both an increase in the ferry fares and the replacement of
some ferries with smaller, more efficient vessels.
A recommendation that the ferry system be
run by an independent public corporation has once again been forwarded. The suggestion here being that an independent public corporation would provide greater efficiencies across the board. In part, the efficiencies would result from the ability of visitors to Alaska to consider and make reservations well in advance of travel because the operating budgets for the ferries would be set farther in advance - much the same as is done by the competitive cruise ship market.
Too, as an independent corporation, the system would likely look at operating in a manner similar to most other ferry companies who currently encourage strong travel industry partnerships to help relieve the otherwise internal costs of promotion and marketing.