Alaska winter tourism gains popularity

Published: Dec. 30, 2018 at 11:18 PM AKST
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Winter tourism is growing in Alaska, the Associated Press reports.

The state known as a popular summer destination has increasingly attracted visitors in the colder months for the past decade.

The Anchorage Daily News reports visitor volume grew 33 percent for the fall and winter season over the past 10 years.

Winter business has been up for the Alaska Railroad in the past few years. Spokeswoman Meghan Clemens says ridership on winter passenger trains grew 33 percent between the winter of 2015-2016 and the following year.

The railroad has added more train service to accommodate the larger numbers.

The railroad's vice president of marketing, Dale Wade, says visitors from Asia are one factor for the upswing.