Alaska Campgrounds Feel Economic Pinch

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June 2, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

National economic woes appear to be taking their toll on tourism in Alaska's interior, including the RV park and campground sector, according to the Alaska Journal of Commerce

Scott Reisland, whose family operates the Grizzly Bear Resort just south of Denali National Park, said his RV park, cabin and hotel lodging business is way down. 

"Our first quarter for pre-bookings was down 72% from the year before," he said. "We are starting to move the needle by massive discounting." 

Reisland, whose family has operated the resort for 41 years, has been expanding over the past three years because of the demand, he said. 

"Every year since 1968, we built a couple more cabins or added RV sites," he said. "Every year we developed our old homestead property." 

The rest of the season aside, Reisland said the Memorial Day weekend was a good one, because he booked a Harley Davidson Hog Association group. 

Meanwhile, Reisland said he has hired a lot fewer than the usual 35 to 40 employees, including part-timers, and he and his family will be working a lot harder this summer.

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