• Alaska's Fortress of the Bear Plans to Expand

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    Bear Necessities

Fortress of the Bear, a safe haven for orphaned bears in Sitka, Alaska, is hoping to expand its facilities in 2019. The proposed new visitor center will include a number of features to enhance the guest experience, such as an indoor expansion on the bear-viewing deck and a larger gift shop with ground-floor bearviewing windows. The center, which was founded in 2002, is currently home to nine bears and receives more than 20,000 visitors each year. The mission of the organization is to nurse orphaned cubs back to health. The organization’s long-term goal is to start a pilot rehab and release program for the state of Alaska (which currently does not allow for the release of orphaned bears in the wild). fortressofthebear.org

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, which Condé Nast Traveler named “best resort in Canada” in its 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards, doesn’t rest on its laurels. The property, with 32,000 square feet of meeting and event space and the capacity to host a conference for 1,500, has news of upgrades and new amenities to share with meeting planners.  

 

How are we doing? Pretty good. That was the bottom-line assessment that was shared with the nearly 600 tourism and professionals who attended Visit Seattle’s Annual Outlook Meeting at the Westin Seattle on March 31.

Some highlights from the 2021 study showed:

 

A big part of what imbues a destination with a sense of place and makes it memorable are its small locally owned businesses.  A new partnership between Visit Seattle and Seattle Bank is designed to support these businesses and bring tourism revenue to Seattle’s emerging neighborhoods. The inaugural grant program will invest in 20 local businesses, focusing on establishments owned by women, people of color and LGBTQ+ community members in the easily accessible Central District and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods.