Alaska a big draw for international travelers

New research shows Alaska’s international market has grown this past summer.

The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, as well as the Alaska Travel Industry Association, developed the study.

The report says that Australia has become Alaska’s biggest international market, narrowly edging out the United Kingdom and other countries.

It found that more than 150 thousand international visitors came to Alaska, resulting in nearly 160 million dollars in revenue.

Despite a slow economy, last summer found a ten percent increase in international visitors when compared to the summer of 2010.

The report also showed an overall increase in total visits to Alaska, a good sign considering the past several years have shown a consecutive decline in total visitations.