Media Information

The Southeast Alaska Tourism Council is happy to assist journalists who are covering Alaska”‘”s Inside Passage area as an independent travel destination.

We offer a variety of services for media, including a toll-free media hotline for journalist’s use only. If we can help you with story ideas, fact checking, photography for editorial use, press trip planning, interview contacts or other general information or assistance, please call our public relations person, at 1-888-287-9055 or send an e-mail to pmackey@visit-ketchikan.com.

We also offer a bimonthly “news tip” sheet covering newsworthy issues in our area. You can find those on this web site, or call the hotline to be added to our e-mail or fax list.

Also on this site, you will find several feature stories, which you are welcome to use in their entirety or for background information.

Check out our press releases section for the latest media information from SATC.

If you want to interview a spokesperson from our area, see the Contact List.

For more information contact:
ONLY if you are a working journalist
Southeast Alaska Tourism Council Media Assistance
P.O. Box 20710
Juneau, AK 99802-0710
Phone: 1-888-287-9055
E-Mail: pmackey@visit-ketchikan.com

News Letters

Whitehorse hosts Raid the North Extreme Eco-Challenge

Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon, is the stage for Raid the North Extreme, the pinnacle of adventure racing in Canada. This six-day, non-stop challenge in the Yukon wilderness is designed to give teams a true expedition-style race experience. The course will be technical, with very challenging navigation, long stretches of remote wilderness and plenty of decision-making. Over forty 4 person teams will participate in the 500 kilometer plus event which is attracting international teams from as far away as Finland. All our competing for honours, a free berth into the worldknow Eco-Challenge in New Zealand and the $30.000 in price money.

SE Alaska State Fair and Bald Eagle Music Festival in Haines

From August 14th – 18th Haines hosts the SE Alaska State Fair and Bald Eagle Music Festival. Five funfilled days in this picturesque Alaskan coastal community. Includes a parade, exhibits, logging show, live music, food and daily entertainment. Contact: SE Alaska State Fair Office @ 766-2476 email:seakfair@aptalaska.net

Flower & Garden Show – August 11-13 in Skagway

Skagway is by official state declaration the “Garden City of Alaska”, this annual three day event showcases the variety, size and beauty of Skagway”s gardens and flower adorned businesses. The Skagway Commercial Club declared that northern Panhandle town to be the “Garden City of Alaska” in 1910. In 1988, Gov. Steve Cowper signed a proclamation making the status an official part of state lore. The community Gold Rush Garden Club contest continues under the auspices of the local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. The 2002 contest is Aug. 11-13. For more information, write to Eastern Star Chapter No. 9, Box 294, Skagway, AK 99840 or call Shirley Mitchell, the chapter’s Worthy Matron, at 907-983-3305.

Blueberry Arts Festival Celebrates Local Art and Culture

The annual Blueberry Arts Festival is August 2-4 in Ketchikan featuring the Gigglefeet Dance Festival, arts, crafts and food booths and the B-berry’s unique contests like the slug race. Food, booths and a wide array of local crafts all headline this festive event. Contact the KAAHC at 225-2211 for more information. Media Contact: Patti Macky, Kechikan Visitors Bureau, 907-225-6166.

Press Stories

Finding Active Adventure in Southeast Alaska
Alaska’s State Ferry System
Independent Travelers Find Open Space in Southeast Alaska
Start Online For Travel Information on Alaska’s Inside Passage