Alaskans Weigh Impact of New High Profile

Palin's southern exposure may drive increased tourism
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2008 3:51 PM CDT
Alaskans Weigh Impact of New High Profile
Sarah Palin, is seen on a TV at a home in Wasilla, Alaska, Thursday Oct. 2, 2008, as she debates Joe Biden.   (AP Photo/Al Grillo)

Will America’s favorite moose-field-dressing expert draw more visitors to her wintry home state? Alaska’s sudden burst of Palin-centric publicity has some travel agents salivating, the Anchorage Daily News reports; every misty mountain vista that shows up on CNN is a win. But others worry that the increasingly controversial governor is hurting her state’s image.

At a recent Alaska travel trade show, an attendee wisecracked, “Welcome to Alaska, home of Joe Six Pack.” But at least one marketing expert doesn’t mind if people think Alaska’s a backwater—as long as they think it’s unique. In attempting to pique interest, "showing some of Alaska's rough-hewn side is kind of a good thing," he says.
(Read more Alaska stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.