Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council

Funding for tourism marketing has become something of a political football in recent years. Just two years ago, the Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council was the beneficiary of $300,000 in borough funding. That number was initially zeroed out for the most recent budget.

 

If you hadn’t noticed, they’re here. And with the Kenai river dipnet fishery set to open next week, the flow of tourists through the central peninsula  will get a lot bigger.

 

 


 

The borough assembly had one more battle to wage over the budget at Tuesday night’s meeting.

After securing an additional $75,000 last month for an internal communications and outreach program within his office, Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce vetoed $100,000 in funding for the Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council.

 

Increases to the borough budget were vetoed by Mayor Charlie Pierce ahead of Tuesday night’s assembly meeting. Pierce is looking to trim more than $800,000 in funding for education and tourism marketing.