Locals become tourists with Explore Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Explore Fairbanks is kicking off National Travel and Tourism Week with a chance for Fairbanks residents to tour their own town.

Saturday, May 4th, Explore Fairbanks is inviting locals to the 'Be a visitor in your own town' event. Residents who register can ride in tour buses to various local attractions in and around Fairbanks. Stops on the city tour will include the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Station and the Large Animal Research Station. This year the tour will spotlight Pioneer Park, specifically the Pioneer and Air museums. Director of Visitor Services and Partnership Development, Charity Gadapee (GAD-AH-PEE) says Explore Fairbanks puts on the event so locals can participate in the city tour that visitors experience, and to highlight the importance of the tourism industry in the Interior.

"Here in Fairbanks, the local tourism businesses make the tourism industry the second largest economy in the area, and we generate 7 thousand jobs for the Interior through tourism. So it's our way to usher in this travel tourism week, and spotlight what we're doing in the community, and supporting our community,” said Gadapee.

The free event requires pre-registration until tomorrow (FRI) at 5 P-M. More information can be found at explorefairbanks.com/citytour.

On May 10th, to end the National Travel and Tourism Week, Explore Fairbanks will host the 17th Visitor Industry Walk to raise money for local non-profits.