Expansion begins this summer for CIRI Tourism's most popular visitor destinations and tour operations. The Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Seward Windsong Lodge, and Alaska Heritage Tours are expanding operations, beginning this summer.
The Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge is expanding its great room, restaurant and meeting areas, as well as adding another 100 rooms to the 98 the lodge has now. During its first season, the Lodge exceeded expectations with the "visiting friends and relatives" market. However, for this summer season, the Lodge is anticipating increased revenue from travelers who have booked complete packages with tour companies to include a night at the Lodge.
"The demand for the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge in the short term has surpassed our expectations," said Dennis Brandon, vice president of tourism for CIRI. "We anticipate continued growth as more people discover the Lodge setting. It is ideally situated to provide visitors with panoramic views of Denali and a variety of activities out of the nearby town of Talkeetna."
The Seward Windsong Lodge will add 36 new rooms for a total of 108 when renovations are complete in 2001. A larger lobby, increased baggage storage, gathering rooms, an espresso shop and gift store will also be added to better serve guests. The Lodge's popular restaurant, Resurrection Roadhouse, is currently being expanded and will be complete by mid-May for the summer season.
The Seward Windsong Lodge provides expansive views of beautiful Resurrection Valley and is located only minutes from the Seward Small Boat Harbor and Exit Glacier, the only glacier accessible by road in the Kenai Fjords National Park.
Tours is offering more extensive tour packages this summer, including
three of the most popular National Parks in Southcentral Alaska - Prince
William Sound, Denali, and Kenai Fjords. A variety of all-inclusive
packages include transportation, lodging, sightseeing and a choice of
soft-adventure activities. Booking agents can also tailor packages to
accommodate an individual traveler's needs.