Ketchikan Tourism Strategy

Norwegian Cruise Lines in Ketchikan Alaska
NCL navigating Tongass Narrows in 2016.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough (KGB) has partnered with Confluence Sustainability and the George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies with the intent to develop a tourism destination management strategy.

Working directly with the community, The Ketchikan Gateway Borough hopes to define a shared vision for tourism growth and its management. The Ketchikan Borough’s future tourism strategy aims to foster destination stewardship and improve the coordinated management of all the elements that make up the tourism economy. KGB will focus on balancing the expectations of visitors with the needs of local residents, businesses and the environment.

KGB Planning Director Richard Harney is the project contact for this four phase project slated for completion February 24, 2023. In the meantime, Ketchikan-area residence can get involved by sharing thoughts at KGB’s online portal and emailing comments to

View the online discussion…

May 2022: Mill at Ward Cove where ships of tourists wait to experience all that Ketchikan has to offer.

About the Author

Hi I’m Nadra Angerman — born in Ketchikan and raised Wrangell. I studied, worked and lived in the Lower 48 for twenty-five years before returning to Alaska. I write about natural resources, economic development and the entrepreneurial spirit. My husband, daughter and I are co-owners of Chinook Shores Lodge, The Inn at Knudson Cove and Pier 25 Boathouse.

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