Increase in summer travel recorded

As Fairbanks heads into the summer tourism season, many businesses are wondering what effects a gloomy economy and escalating fuel prices will have on the industry.

President and CEO of the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau, Deb Hickok, presented statistics and recently released information from the state's Alaska Visitor Statistics Program to business leaders today.

The AVSP report revealed a two percent increase in visitation between summer 2010 and 2011.

Hickok says those numbers are encouraging, but nowhere near the visitation numbers from 2008 and 2009.

Hickok says the good news is more cruise companies are adding land packages which include Fairbanks and more airlines are adding Fairbanks summer flights.

Locally, businesses say they are optimistic, though some have chosen to add in the price of fuel to their services.