JUNEAU – State Senator Bert Stedman, R-Southeast Islands, today issued the following statement thanking U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan for successfully passing the Alaska Tourism Recovery Act in the U.S. Senate, which would allow large cruise ships to visit Alaska.
“Thanks to the hard work of Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Dan Sullivan, Alaska’s tourism industry has a fighting chance,” said Sen. Stedman. “Swift passage of the Alaska Tourism Recovery Act through Congress has the potential to not only jumpstart Southeast Alaska’s economic recovery, but provide significant benefit to the whole state.”
The Act suspends the Passenger Vessel Services Act of 1886 until February 29, 2022, which requires large foreign ships to either stop in a foreign port or start their voyages in a foreign port. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has prohibited Alaska-bound cruise ships from operating in Canadian waters.
The bill is now on its way to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.
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