Tourism industry calls on lawmakers to fund marketing

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The weather might not have been prettier on the Whittier side of the tunnel Sunday, but for Alaska's summer tourism season, the quiet sidewalks under a gray drizzly sky are part of the calm before the storm. 

"It's just starting to pick up," explained Kelly Bender with Lazy Otter Charters Inc. "About the second, third week of May, it starts getting really busy." 

The tiny waterfront town is expecting its first cruise ship to dock next weekend, bringing hundreds of visitors ready to experience wild Alaska and spend money doing so. 

Tourism industry calls on lawmakers to fund marketing
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