The past volumes of cruise tourism in Southeast Alaska have tended to overshadow the region’s independent travel sector. But these independent visitors … are expected to sweeten the 2021 visitor season in Ketchikan for local business owners.

Several local travel professionals and tourist-based business owners shared their experiences from 2020 as well as their predictions and hopes about independent visitors boosting business in the upcoming season via phone conversations with the Daily News this past week.

“People want to come to Alaska, it is the trip of a lifetime. September is the fall silver salmon run and self-guided anglers are crazy about our cohos — after all, Ketchikan is the salmon capital of the world,” said Nadra Angerman.

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