Peninsula organizations get money to market area to tourists

Jun 2, 2021

Seward's harbor in September.
Credit Sabine Poux/KDLL

Three agencies on the Kenai Peninsula are splitting over $840,000 to market their areas to visitors.

The Homer and Seward chambers of commerce and the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council all received money from the state to advertise to tourists this summer.

“It’s really going to be something that’s going to help us over the hump," said Tim Dillon, executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District. "And what they wanted to do was get some marketing out quickly.”

The Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council is getting $410,000. More than $253,000 is going to Homer and almost $180,000 to Seward.

“You have to remember, Seward has been hit pretty hard as compared to every place else on the peninsula," Dillon said.

Grantees have to send out their marketing campaigns by June 15. Money for the program comes from federal COVID-19 relief funds.

The Alaska Travel Industry Association also got almost $2 million through the program.