Local tourist business sold


CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. has been purchased by Alaska Denali Travel. In the Seward area the sale includes Kenai Fjords Tours, Seward Windsong Lodge, Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge and Alaska Heritage Tours.

Alaska Denali Travel is owned by Viad’s Travel & Recreation Group.

“The acquisition is a natural fit with ADT and a strong addition to Viad’s Travel & Recreation Group, which is executing a growth strategy focused on iconic, natural and cultural destinations that enjoy perennial demand,” wrote ADT in a press release.

“The opportunity to grow our presence within Alaska is truly exciting,” said David Barry, President of Viad’s Travel & Recreation Group. “We strive to connect travelers in a meaningful way to genuine experiences. CATC’s strong team, amazing experiences and exceptional guest service will only further our ability to create unforgettable adventures in one of the most unique places in the world.”

“Both CATC and Alaska Denali Travel have deep roots in Alaska tourism, with firsthand knowledge of the industry only gained from a longstanding history of operations,”said Thomas McAleer, vice president of Alaska Denali Travel. “With the addition of CATC, not only are we combining two stellar teams of employees, but we will also be able to offer our guests a complete bucket list journey from Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park up to Talkeetna and into Denali National Park.”

ADT, owned by Viad since 2011 and operating in Alaska through its assets since 1989, focuses on providing an intrinsic Alaska experience by connecting its guests with the people, culture and places that make the state unique.

Both the CATC and ADT teams look forward to providing Alaska experiences to travelers, with no changes to 2016 offerings, according to the press release.


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