Bear Viewing at Icy Strait Point

Cruise to Icy Strait Point in Alaska

Travel Age West - October 1, 2014

While the residents of Hoonah may be some of the nicest people on earth, they are also natural born storytellers. After all, they have been passing down their stories for generations. And they continue to retell these stories, much to the delight of visitors. Even activities, such as bear watching led by a native guide, give guests a chance to peek into the lives of the local people — who consider wildlife sightings a normal occurrence. The tours are also popular because of the high frequency of bear sightings: Icy Strait Point is located on Chichagof Island, which is said to be home to the largest number of brown bears per square mile in the world.

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Alaska Cruise Guide 2015

Travel Agent Central - September 18, 2014

Royal Caribbean International vessels visit Icy Strait Point in Alaska, where zip-line tours are a popular shore activity.

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Alaska's Icy Strait Point

Everettpotter.com - August 12, 2014

For a place that epitomizes unspoiled wilderness, Icy Strait Point is remarkably accessible. It is a popular port of call for Alaska cruises offered by virtually all the prominent international cruise lines: there’s a choice of more than 70 visiting dates over the 16-week summer cruise season.

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Alaska's Icy Strait Point

Everettpotter.com - August 12, 2014

For a place that epitomizes unspoiled wilderness, Icy Strait Point is remarkably accessible. It is a popular port of call for Alaska cruises offered by virtually all the prominent international cruise lines: there’s a choice of more than 70 visiting dates over the 16-week summer cruise season.

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Last Frontier fun at Icy Strait Point

Travel Weekly - July 18, 2014

Icy Strait Point is set up along a gravelly beach, hemmed by a thick forest of evergreens. Ships arrive, one at a time, to anchor remarkably close to shore. A two-minute tender takes passengers to a covered dock, which leads to the cannery museum and shops, several restaurants, a theater for a native culture show and a staging area for excursions

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Drum Beat - Alaska Natives bring unique energy to performance arts

Alaska Airlines Magazine - July 1, 2014

An engaging example of this two-faceted approach catches my attention while I’m watching a dance/song/storytelling presentation at Icy Strait Point, a visitor center operated by Huna Totem that welcomes about 145,000 cruise ship passengers a year. As mostly traditional as the Huna show may be, it’s not hard to draw a line from the Raven’s drum-cadenced dance to the irrepressible modern pop of Pamyua, a wildly popular Alaska band whose four members represent Yup'ik, Inuit, Danish and African-American heritage

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Destination Spotlight: Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Cruise Critic - June 19, 2014

But to our surprise, our first-ever visit to Icy Strait last week felt more historically layered and genuine than any other port on our Alaska cruise itinerary. My visit to Icy Strait proved to be the hit of my Alaska itinerary last week on Oceania’s Regatta (which also included stops at Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Sitka, and British Columbia’s Victoria) for a number of reasons.

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Cruising’s cultural contribution in Alaska

Travel Weekly - June 12, 2014

the Tlingit band of Native Americans in southeast Alaska began work on decorations for a 2,500-square-foot ceremonial house. The house, which will be anchored at the four corners by house posts similar to totem poles, is scheduled to open in 2016 at the National Park Service headquarters in Glacier Bay. The dollars the cruise industry brings to Alaska are crucial to financing the $4 million project. Each ship pays a head tax to visit the national park and its natural wonders. “The funding is 99.6% from the cruise ships,” said Mary Beth Moss, a cultural anthropologist with the park service who is a liaison to the Tlingits on the project.

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The cannery, a manufacturing marvel

Travel Weekly - June 11, 2014

While private cruise ports are a staple in the Caribbean, they’re rare in Alaska. The exception is Icy Strait Point, which for the past 10 years has lured visitors with a zip line, seafood restaurants, and a base camp for wildlife and other excursions. Today, there’s a new industry that drives the economy in Hoonah, population 760. It is tourism. The transformation of the old Cannery Point into modern Icy Strait Point has revitalized Hoonah’s economy.

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Entering the world of the Tlingits

Travel Weekly - June 9, 2014

The Tlingit adapted to a powerful and strange new way of life. But they’ve preserved the essentials of their old culture, too. Their stories, songs, dances and regalia are on display in a one-hour show that cruise passengers can watch at Icy Strait Point. It turns the tables on modern audiences, challenging them to enter into the spirit of a time when cedar log canoes were the smart way to ply Alaskan waters.

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Icy Strait Point celebrates 10 years of tourism

Juneau Empire - May 25, 2014

ISP director of special projects Johan Dybdal, who gave a historical presentation at the ceremony, said it was a “very, very big idea” to turn the cannery into something else, and the risk has paid off. It’s given locals job opportunities and benefitted the city of Hoonah, he said. ISP generated $371,770 in city sales taxes for Hoonah last year alone. Over the past decade, it’s contributed $2.2 million in taxes to the Chichagof Island community

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Icy Strait Point Begins 2014 Season with New Culinary Partnerships

Cruise Industry News - May 21, 2014

Known for sharing the area’s Tlingit culture with guests through 22 shore excursions, Icy Strait Point recently teamed up with regional purveyors to capture the flavors of Southeast Alaska, adding exclusive beverage products to its restaurant menus, already full of dishes that showcase Alaska seafood and regional ingredients.

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We went on the world's longest zipline and it was THE BEST!

Kendra's Card Company - April 15, 2014

Next up was our day in Hoonah, Alaska ~ Icy Strait Point. We went on the world's longest zipline and it was THE BEST!

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Hold on! Fly down the Hoonah Zip Line - the world's longest - in 90 seconds

Herald Sun - December 4, 2013

If your eyes are still open you will see sweeping views of Port Frederick, Icy Strait and your cruise ship far below as you zip down a total drop greater than the height of the Empire State Building.

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Travel Channel RIDE-iculous

TravelChannel.com - September 1, 2013

Ziprider at Icy Strait Point! See how the Ride-iculous crew got their shots of the world's longest zip line.

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Conde Nast Traveler - World Savers Award Finalist - Icy Strait Point

Conde Nast Traveler - July 22, 2013

WHY IT’S COOL: Icy Strait Point, a cruise ship port of call, epitomizes how tourism can empower and raise the standard of living in a local community by employing 20 percent of Hoonah’s population, while boosting the economy by tapping into Native artisan businesses and local salmon canneries for services and excursions.

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2013 Oysterfest Photos.

Juneau Empire - July 20, 2013

Aaron Day, a chef at Icy Strait Point, a resort in Hoonah owned by the Huna Totem Corporation, grills oysters for festival goers in Juneau on Saturday. Sealaska Corporation hosted the second annual Oyster Fest to promote the Alaskan oyster industry.

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Travel - Hoonah Alaska

St Catharines Standard.ca - July 17, 2013

Twenty seconds into our whale-watching expedition while still stationary in the harbour, we spot huge flukes suspended high in the air as a humpback majestically descends into the dark water on a misty, rainy, miserable day. “There goes our $100 rebate,” laments a gloomy Missouri tourist, referring to the charter’s money-back guarantee that ensures passengers will see whales in the wild.

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CULTURAL CONNECTION - Local Tourism Spotlights Alaska Native Heritage

Alaska Airlines Magazine - July 3, 2013

“We tie culture into every single thing we do here,” That begins with the Tlingit greeting of guests by locals dressed in traditional regalia, and continues with items on the restaurant menu. Since 80 percent of Icy Strait Point employees are local residents and Huna Totem shareholders, nearly all interactions between visitors and staff provide the opportunity to ask people who grew up in the area about their own personal stories.

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Grand Princess Makes Inaugural Call to Icy Strait Point

Cruise Radio - July 3, 2013

The ship was greeted at Icy Strait Point, owned and operated by Huna Totem Corporation, with much anticipation by staff and locals alike. Huna Totem Corporation’s board member Earnest Jack presented the Grand Princess Staff Captain Michele Bartolomei with a plaque, featuring Icy Strait Point’s Tlingit-style logo, a salmon-inspired paddle design. In the Tlingit culture, paddles are given to visitors as an invitation to return. Icy Strait Point is based on the site of a 1912 historic salmon cannery and shares the area’s fishing and canning history as well as the Tlingit culture with visitors.

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Icy Strait Point's Grilled Salmon

Cooking District - July 2, 2013

This recipe comes from Stuart Campbell, the Food and Beverage Director of Icy Strait Point, an Alaska Native cruise ship destination. Icy Strait Point recently welcomed its first ship of the 2013 season, kicking off its 10th year of sharing the Tlingit culture with visitors. In honor of the new season, Campbell, a recent competitor in the exclusive Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, shared one of his favorite salmon recipes. This grilled salmon is served at the Landing Zone Grill, just steps away from the world’s largest ZipRider zip line, but home cooks can try it in their own kitchen.

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Zip Line Tours in Alaska

USA Today - Travel Tips - June 19, 2013

Located in the cruise ship destination of Icy Strait Point, the ZipRider Zip Line is the largest in the world. At 5,330 feet long, with a vertical drop of 1,300 feet and a maximum speed of 60 mph, the ZipRider is built for exhilaration rather than nature exploration. Six side-by-side cables allow visitors to race to the bottom.

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Alaska Cruisers greeted to a warm welcome at Icy Strait Point

examiner.com - June 15, 2013

The impressive packing station assembly line remains in working order, though money-making cannery operations ceased yeas ago. The large wooden facility has been renovated and modernized to accommodate a dozen delightful specialty shops, restaurants for casual indoor/outdoor dining, plus amenities to make the experience ashore memorable.

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Top Alaska chefs battle for seafood crown

Alaska Dispatch - May 12, 2013

For Icy Strait Point executive chef Stuart Campbell of Hoonah, the cooking environment turned out the be the biggest challenge, as he and his assistant chef Brian Katzeek deconstructed a whole king salmon in front of a crowd of enthusiastic onlookers.

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Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off sets bar for Alaska cuisine

Alaska Business Monthly - May 8, 2013

During the live cook off, six professional Alaska chefs will have an hour to prepare and plate a dish highlighting Alaska seafood. Brett Knipmeyer – Kinley’s Restaurant & Bar, Anchorage Drew Johnson – Kincaid Grill, Anchorage Stuart Campbell – Icy Strait Point, Hoonah Kevin Lane – Chinooks Waterfront, Seward Robert Lewis – Maxine’s Fireweed Bistro, Anchorage Mandy Dixon – Within the Wild Adventure Company (La Baleine Café)

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Huna Totem Corp launches tourism service

Juneau Empire - May 5, 2013

Huna Totem Corp. opened Alaska Native Voices on Wednesday. Huna Totem is the village Native corporation for Hoonah — a largely Tlingit community of 775 in southeast Alaska — and one of the front-runners of tribal tourism, a growing trend in Alaska and nationally

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True call of the wild in Alaska

The Province - April 29, 2013

we both agreed that time in Alaska is something every Vancouverite should take advantage of. After all, for many of us, getting there is as easy as hopping on the SkyTrain to Canada Place, from where you can catch any number of boats.

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Things to see and do in alaska

MilitaryPress.com - April 25, 2013

The Icy Strait Point Company Store is a combination museum and gift shop; restaurants and shops are nearby. Take time to walk the Beach Trail Promenade.

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Following Fish By PAULA DOBBYN

SitNews.com - April 17, 2013

During the summer, at an attraction called Alaska’s Wildest Kitchen, Lunda teaches cruise-ship passengers how to fillet fish and make Alaska specialties like smoked salmon dip, grilled halibut and salmon casserole

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Celebrating Rural Alaska - Following Fish

Alaska Magazine - March 1, 2013

During the summer, at an attraction called Alaska’s Wildest Kitchen, Lunda teaches cruise-ship passengers how to fillet fish and make Alaska specialties like smoked salmon dip, grilled halibut and salmon casserole. In a classroom adorned with red and black Tlingit artwork, visitors sip wine spritzers and snack on Lunda’s creations. After some instruction, they head outside to an alder-fired grill to cook!

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Alaska: Icy Strait Point/Hoonah June 20, 2012

Deep in the Heart of.... - November 19, 2012

We were all impressed with what we were seeing until they began breaching. At that point, being impressed morphed into being mesmerized and amazed.

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An Exciting Alaskan Cruise Stop – Icy Strait Point!

YMT Vacations - October 25, 2012

Visitors couldn’t decide between the rush of taking the world’s largest zip line, or the authentic Tlingit dancing. Others mentioned how amazing it was to come within a few feet of humpback whales, or spotting a brown bear cub lunching on wild salmon. The choices are plentiful when savoring the pleasures of Icy Strait Point!

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Huna Totem is awarded a Travel & Leisure Global Vision Award for Community Building!

Travel & Leisure - September 21, 2012

Community Building - By bringing health care, literacy, and funding to those in need, these winners prove that empowerment is the backbone of progress. Says juror Zainab Salbi, “Self-sufficiency is not only defined by income. It brings joy, peace of mind, and stability to whole communities.”

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From Timber to Tourism

Alaska Business Monthly - September 20, 2012

Since Hoonah's local Native corporation transformed an old cannery into a cruise ship venue in 2004, more than a million tourists have descended upon Hoonah giving the town a much needed economic boost.

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7 Fun things to Do at Icy Strait Point

Alaska Magazine - September 20, 2012

Huna Tlingit dancers share their tribal heritage through song, dance and storytelling, at the Heritage Center Native Theater, and guests may also walk through the woods and learn from guides about Tlingit history and culture:

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20 Amazing American Beaches

Smarter Travel - August 13, 2012

Thirty-five miles west of Juneau, Icy Strait Point awaits, with the world's longest zip-line and authentic Alaska Native performances. The popular cruise port can get crowded, but the stony beach's expansive shoreline can offer a break from the hustle and bustle of town. Snap photos, look for humpback whales, or kayak Port Frederick's waters.

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The 5 longest ziplines in the world

The World of Bust! - July 12, 2012

Situated in painfully beautiful Hoonah, Alaska in the southern part of the state, the Icy Strait Point ZipRider will sure to put shivers down your spine, not from the frigid weather but from the jaw dropping 24 degree grade and amazing snow capped mountain views. This bad boy sports 6 cables side-by-side and also the highest zipline ride with a vertical drop of over 1300 feet.

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Blog: Deep in the Heart of .........

Blog - July 7, 2012

This was the most impressive of all the trips of this ilk during the entire cruise. We saw a large group of Humpback Whales, many quite nearby.We were all impressed with what we were seeing until they began breaching. At that point, being impressed morphed into being mesmerized and amazed.

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Grilling Seafood In Alaska’s Wildest Kitchen

Al Dente - July 3, 2012

Since 2006, Dodie has been teaching guests how to tackle a freshly caught whole halibut or salmon and how to grill that fish for best results. During each ninety minute class, Dodie demonstrates various dishes using the fish that she just filleted. She also shepherds her guests out to the school’s massive 3-by 8 foot grill and shows them how to grill a fish fillet for best results.

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Brian's Salmon Burgers @ Cooking District

CookingDistrict.com - May 22, 2012

This salmon burger took home the prize in the Icy Strait Point Salmon Burger Throwdown for local Brian Katzeek

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Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute & Phil Vickery Celebrity Chef!

ASMI - April 21, 2012

Check out the youtube video of Celebrity Chef Phil Vickery's visit to Icy Strait Point last summer! Phil took the Icy Strait Point Wildlife & Bear Search as well as whale watching at Point Adolphus! Click on "View the Article" below to watch the video. This video demonstrates the amazing opportunities at Icy Strait Point! Enjoy!

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THE BEST ZIP LINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Entertainment Designer - April 6, 2012

Among the many zip line adventures vying for the title of world’s largest is this zip line in Hoonah, Alaska – and who are we to argue with them. The ride’s stats are pretty convincing: 5,330 feet long, 1,300 foot vertical drop, 60 mph maximum speed, 300 feet highest point from ground, 1.5 minute ride time. Six riders are launched at the same moment for a race to the bottom while taking in sweeping views of Port Frederick and Icy Strait. This one is great for those who like to take in their scenery at high speeds.

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World's Coolest Zip Lines

Travel & Leisure - March 19, 2012

Cruise-ship passengers who dock at Icy Strait Point can opt for an excursion to Ziprider—and might luck out with a bear sighting en route up a mountain to the jumping-off platform.

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Icy Strait Point Celebrates Their Heritage

Cruise Diva - February 19, 2012

Icy Strait Point is planning a series of events throughout the 2012 summer season to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Hoonah Packing Co. cannery, located at the heart of the Alaska Native-owned cruise ship destination.

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8 Extreme Zip Lines

StayingThere.com - February 16, 2012

Up to six riders can take off simultaneously for parallel, mile-long races to the bottom of Icy Strait Point’s zip line. Speeds hit 60 mph, with a sharp 1,300 foot vertical drop, over a 90-second ride. It’s one of the tallest, and longest, zip lines in the U.S. The port town of Hoonah, near Juneau, is a popular stop for cruise ships.

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What’s the Deal? This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

The Washington Post - February 3, 2012

American Cruise Lines is offering free shore excursions on its 2012 Alaska Inside Passage cruises. Deal applies to all cruises departing June through September; most itineraries are seven nights and travel round trip from Juneau. Shore excursions at Alaskan ports, valued at $510 per passenger, include a Stikine River jet boat tour in Petersburg, a Mendenhall Glacier and city tour in Juneau, and a tribal dance and cultural legends excursion in Hoonah.

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Norwegian Cruise Line to schedule new sailing to Alaska

JuneauEmpire.com - December 9, 2011

Norwegian spokesperson AnneMarie Mathews said, “Icy Strait Point or Hoonah is a real Alaska experience.” The village on Chichagof Island will offer passengers “the opportunity to go whale watching, fishing, kayaking, ride the world’s largest zipline, learn about the Tlingit community (and) culture and have the opportunity to shop for local crafts,” Mathews said. “The best part is it’s available to guests as soon as they disembark the tender.”

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Norwegian Cruise Line to boost sailings in Alaska

USA Today - December 6, 2011

The line today announced the 1,936-passenger Norwegian Sun will join the 2,376-passenger Norwegian Jewel and 2,394-passenger Norwegian Pearl in Alaska for the 2013 summer season, sailing seven-night, one-way itineraries between Vancouver, British Columbia and Whittier, Alaska. A southbound itinerary from Whittier to Vancouver will include a visit to Sawyer Glacier and Hubbard Glacier, with stops in Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Icy Strait Point.

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Alaska: Breaking the ice

nzHerald online - August 30, 2011

My first glimpse of Icy Strait Point is exactly what I'd always imagined Alaska to look like.

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Artists can sell at Hoonah facility

Anchorage Daily News - July 12, 2011

Starting this tourist season, Hoonah artists can rent stalls for $20 a day to display their crafts at the port, 1 1/2 miles from the community.

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Icy Strait Point: Dock in Works

Cruise Industry News - June 10, 2011

A dedicated year-round berth is in the works, with $17 million in state funding allocated and just requiring the Governor’s signature, Gaffaney told Cruise Industry News. The target date for the multi-use facility is 2013.

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Alaska Natives Capitalizing on Tourism

Indian Country Magazine - May 11, 2011

"Heritage and cultural tourism is one of our state's fastest-growing and best economic assets,"

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ZIPLINES AND CANOPY TOURS

TravelAlaska.com - May 1, 2011

The zipline hits speeds of up to 60 mph as it descends and allows travelers to take in a panoramic view of the surrounding island. At one point riders are hoisted 300 feet above open ground, a surefire thrill for those looking for some scenic fun.

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Icy Strait Point - Port Guide

On Board Media - May 1, 2011

Once one of the world’s most thriving and productive salmon canneries, it was later re-created as a visitor attraction and museum. The museum’s mid-1930s cannery line offers a glimpse of the production process.

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Alaska Natives Capitalizing on Tourism Opportunities

Indian Country Today - April 6, 2011

One significant marker of this recent boom in Native tourism can be seen in Hoonah, a Tlingit community of 765 people that had struggled for years following the closing of a cannery in the 1950s

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Seven Cannot Miss Alaska Day Trips

Travel Age West - April 5, 2011

Icy Strait Point: One Hot Destination "We have an 84 percent sighting for bears and a 100 percent guarantee sighting for whales," Rosenberger said. "We offer $100 to anyone who doesn't see a whale, and we haven't had to pay up yet."

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ziplines-make-waves-in-alaska

Cruise Passenger - April 4, 2011

Icy Strait Point, Alaska’s only master-planned cruise destination, which claims that its ZipRider is the largest and tallest in the world, stretching 1,625 meters with a 1300-foot vertical drop

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Alaska Natives gain tourism foothold

Juneau Empire - April 4, 2011

Since opening in 2004, Icy Strait has brought in hundreds of thousands of visitors, including 123,000 people last year, according to corporation figures. The attraction has created more than 130 seasonal and permanent jobs annually with most of the jobs going to Hoonah residents, making the corporation the largest local employer.

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Tourism looking to stop downturn in 2011

The Alaskan Journal of Commerace - April 4, 2011

Icy Strait Point, a privately owned cruise ship stop in Hoonah, will benefit from the year's gains. Tyler Hickman, the tourist destination's vice president of operations, said 6,000 more cruise passengers will likely visit in 2011.

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Alaska Natives gain foothold in tourism

Anchorage Daily News - April 3, 2011

The attraction has created more than 130 seasonal and permanent jobs annually with most of the jobs going to Hoonah residents, making the corporation the largest local employer.

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Icy Strait Point gets new logo, activities to match

Juneau Empire - March 24, 2011

Icy Strait Point will kick off its 2011 cruise season with two new directors in its operations. Stuart Campbell and Eleanor Davenport will lead the food and beverage department and retail department, respectively...

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Cultural Tours of Alaska

USA Today Travel - March 24, 2011

Created in 2004, Icy Strait Point offers cruise ship passengers in Southeast Alaska between Hoonah and Glacier Bay National Park a chance to take a look at Huna Tlingit culture...

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Icy Strait Point Adds New Activities, Logo for 2011 Season

Travel Pulse - March 24, 2011

As the Alaska cruise season begins in May, Icy Strait Point is offering new activities and a new logo representing the Native-owned and -operated cruise ship destination’s Tlingit heritage...

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Hoonah: A Fun Place To Visit

Travel Alaska - March 9, 2011

Nestled against the base of White Alice Mountain, Hoonah is the largest Tlingit village in Alaska. The Huna, a Tlingit tribe, have lived in the Icy Strait area for thousands of years.

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Icy Strait welcomes two new directors for cruise season

Juneau Empire - February 23, 2011

Icy Strait Point will kick off its 2011 cruise season with two new directors in its operations. Stuart Campbell and Eleanor Davenport will lead the food and beverage department and retail department, respectively...

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Paula Deen Visits Icy Strait Point

Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine - January 31, 2011

The village of Hoonah sits about 50 miles west of Juneau. The Huna Tlingit people, with a population of 850, have inhabited the area for centuries, living a subsistence lifestyle by fishing...

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Tourism Business Helps Community

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Magazine - October 1, 2010

Icy Strait Point has been a lifeline for the community, providing a much-needed alternative source of income for locals afflicted by a downturn in fishing and logging. Huna Totem invested more than $35 million to build the port and refurbish buildings, including the salmon cannery built in 1912.

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Zipriding in Icy Strait Point, Alaska

National Geographic Traveler - August 30, 2010

Manhattan-dweller and former Traveler researcher Meg Aftosmis recently took a trip on the ZipRider at Icy Strait Point in Hoonah, Alaska and sent us this video of her thrilling experience.

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Wild Rides, Summer Thrills that go higher and faster than ever before

Mens Journal - June 1, 2010

Laying claim to the longest (5,330') and highest (1,300') zip line in North America is the ZipRider at Icy Strait Point, a sprawling wild expanse on Chichagof Island in Alaska.

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Alaska, off the beaten path

Chicago Tribune - February 21, 2010

Zip line: If hurtling down a cable at 60 mph above dense forest sounds fun, strike out for Icy Strait Point, which claims its zip line is one of North America's longest (5,330 feet) and highest (1,330 feet above sea level). During your 90-second run, if you dare to look down, you will catch sweeping views of Port Frederick and Icy Strait, about 50 miles west of Juneau, before landing on the beach.

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Cruise passengers warm to Icy Strait Point excursions

Travel Weekly - January 11, 2010

Native and local What also sets Icy Strait apart is that it is owned and run by locals and indigenous Alaskans. In a state where many of the hotels and tours recruit manpower from the Lower 48 every summer, Icy Strait Point's employees, 90% local and 85% indigenous Alaskan, are truly invested in making the port work.

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The Land of Many Welcomes

Indian Country Today - September 17, 2009

“Staff members interacting with visitors are largely Tlingit Natives from Hoonah, helping to ensure that guests receive an authentic account of Native life and heritage, including traditional means of subsistence.” There is a lot worth preserving – and experiencing – here.

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Icy Strait attraction adjusts to tighter tour season

KCAW Public Radio - September 1, 2009

Businesses throughout the state are preparing by cutting back on hiring, merchandise and tours. We checked in with one Southeast destination, Hoonah’s Icy Strait Point, about how it’s adjusting. Hear a full report on Icy Strait Point. Take a virtual ride on the ZipRider, a mile-long zipline.

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Destination Ocean: Hoonah

Wings Magazine - July 1, 2009

Icy Strait Point offers Alaska visitors a unique chance to gain first hand knowledge of Alaska Natives and their rich culture and history.

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Take a break from ‘combat tourism

MSNBC - March 1, 2009

Just south of Glacier Bay, the Tlingit village of Hoonah is home to Icy Strait Point, a former salmon cannery that reopened as a cruise port/cultural center/tourist attraction in 2004. Previously open only to cruise-ship passengers, it’s now welcoming independent travelers

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We found 50 unique ways to experience the "Last Frontier" all year long.

National Geographic Traveler - January 1, 2009

Recently recognized with an award from Traveler and the Travel Industry Association for sustainable tourism, Icy Strait Point is a private cruise ship destination that has done a fantastic job of preserving the native Tlingit culture on Chichagof Island.

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Hoonah builds tourism hotspot, avoids tourist trap

The Alaska Journal of Commerce - October 19, 2008

Huna Totem uses that cultural authenticity to its advantage, involving elders and youth in the showcasing, storytelling and presentation of their history, artwork, values and lifestyles to travelers. Many of Huna Totem's 130 workers wear their Tlingit name on their badges next to their English name.

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Icy Strait Point takes sustainable tourism honors

Travel Weekly - October 14, 2008

The Travel Industry Association and National Geographic Traveler magazine honored Icy Strait Point, Alaska's only private cruise ship destination, with a "Travel to a Better World" sustainable tourism award.

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Icy Strait Point wins tour-industry award

Juneau Empire - October 8, 2008

The Travel Industry Association, a national industry advocacy group, and National Geographic Traveler magazine named Icy Strait Point the winner of a "Travel to a Better World" award, which recognizes the best in the global tourism industry along with its Odyssey awards.

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Alaska port opens to day-trippers

Trib LIVE A&E - April 20, 2008

A favorite port stop in Alaska will open to non-cruise passengers in May. Icy Strait Point, a 20-minute flight from Juneau, previously was open only to cruise ship passengers. Based in a restored salmon cannery building just outside the Tlingit Indian village of Hoonah,

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Icy Strait Point gives noncruisers warmer welcome

Travel Weekly - April 9, 2008

The port's 14 shops, owned by locals, sell crafts by native artisans and regional delicacies. They are housed in a former salmon cannery that was restored and reopened in 2004. The building is also home to a museum and a mid-1930s cannery line display.

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Icy Strait Gazette

Icy Strait Point - May 14, 2007

News Paper Port Guide used at Icy Strait Point for the Summer of 2007

Icy Strait Point: a destination of economy: tourist attraction in Southeast declares success

Alaska Business Monthly - April 1, 2007

"From the community, we get a complete and total buy-in. In a community of 850 people, we have 110 to 115 of them working here. Aunts, uncles, nieces-not some kid you don't know. The guest experience is tremendously different because when you're riding on the bus or walk around the site and ask: 'What's it like to live here?' 'Why do you cut timber?' 'What about fishing?' 'What do you do when it gets dark around here?' Our staff is able to tell them because they are the real deal. The big joke when they're riding around on the bus tours is 'Oh, there's my cousin!' or 'Oh, there's my aunt.'"

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Cruise lines consider adding small ports of call

Travel Weekly - February 4, 2005

A laid-back call: Icy Strait Point originally had a salmon cannery operation, and the original cannery building is now a museum and shopping arcade; the dining hall was converted into a seafood restaurant. Passengers can hike in the hills on recently created trails, whale-watch at nearby Port Adolphus, take a bike tour or walk to Hoonah to mingle with the residents

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Private cruise ship destination means business for many

The Alaska Journal of Commerce - September 26, 2004

HOONAH - When this village's inaugural cruise ship season ended Sept. 19, 32 ships filled with tourists had come and gone and Native Tlingit residents said their lives had changed forever.

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Cruise port is breath of fresh air

Travel Weekly - November 12, 2003

Icy Strait Point, a new port development near Juneau, has secured 33 calls for its maiden 2004 season, from Celebrity Cruises' Mercury and Summit and Royal Caribbean International's Vision of the Seas.

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