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Alexandria, VA, June 15, 2017- ASTA Small Business Network (SBN) has teamed up with Visit Anchorage to bring an extensive selection of 24 Alaska familiarization trips to travel advisors participating in SBN’s annual conference September 13-16, 2017. Bringing a travel advisor conference to Anchorage, Alaska for the first time is proving to be a smart move as SBN is enjoying record breaking conference registrations. The conference is being held at the iconic Hotel Captain Cook in the heart of Anchorage.

“Partnering with SBN to bring nearly 500 travel professionals to Anchorage to experience the great state of Alaska is an investment that will pay off for many of our small Alaskan tour operators who are participating in the conference program” said David Kasser, VP Tourism Development & Sales for Visit Anchorage. “SBN travel advisors are small business entrepreneurs with proven group business and we are thrilled they’ve made the choice to hold their conference with us in Anchorage, Alaska.”

SBN members’ collective leisure sales represent $600 million annually and the state of Alaska tourism is poised to capture their share of that business for 2018. SBN is proud to count among its membership 1,600 professional travel sellers who are focused 100 percent on leisure and group sales. Travel advisors who are members of parent company ASTA are also able to take advantage of the conference and FAM programs.

“Providing a conference venue such as Alaska that allows SBN members to experience popular leisure destinations in-depth while networking with in-state local suppliers is a winning combination” said Ann Chamberlin, President of SBN. “The support of Visit Anchorage and our connections in Alaska has helped grown this popular conference to a four-day program, in addition to the 24 pre-and post fam options and inclusion of 20 Alaska travel suppliers. Ultimately our SBN members benefit, as do their future Alaska travelers.”

Among the conference program highlights is Chris Elliott, a syndicated travel journalist and consumer advocate, who will make Anchorage a stop on his Great American Tour trek and speak to the conference attendees about his personal adventures during the NACTA conference general session on September 14, 2017. His articles, columns and essays offer advice for people who want to become more informed travelers.

The NACTA Alaska conference with 24 in-depth emersion experiences will prove to be the ultimate Alaska experience, including with the following supplier partners participating:

  • Holland America Lines
  • Salmon Berry Tours
  • Major Marine Tours
  • Alaska Railroad
  • Rust's Flying Service
  • Visit Anchorage
  • Alaska Photo Treks
  • Big Swig Tours
  • Explore Fairbanks
  • Philips Cruises & Tours
  • Explorer Tours
  • K 2 Aviation
  • Alaska National Parks
  • Premier Alaska Tours
  • Great Land Tours
  • Major Marine Tours
  • Mat-Su CVB
  • Alaska Tour
  • Knik River-Palmer
  • Great Land Venters
  • Alaska Collection

Pre & Post FAM tours include 13 options starting from $35 and include:

  • 7-Night Post-Cruise Holland America
  • 3-Night Alaskan Dream Post-Cruises: Sitka – Glacier Bay National Park - Juneau
  • 3-Night Denali National Park FAM
  • Summer Glacier Walk
  • 4-Day Great Land Adventures Denali National Park Tour
  • Blackstone Glacier Cruise
  • 3-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Tour – Alaska Collection
  • 7-Day Talkeetna – Denali – Fairbanks – Arctic Circle
  • 8-Day Alaska National Parks Escorted Land Tour
  • 4-Day Anchorage - Talkeetna - Prince William Sound
  • 3-Day Best of Fairbanks and the Arctic
  • 4-Day Yahoo Mat Su Tour
  • 3-Day Kenai Fjords National Park Tour - Major Marine Tours

Alaska Adventure Day Tours include 11 options starting from $35 and will operate on September 16, 2017:

  • Blackstone Glacier Cruise with Major Marine
  • 26 Glacier Cruise with Phillips Cruises & Tours
  • Nome Day Tour with Explore Tours
  • Matanuska Glacier Walk with Salmon Berry Tours
  • Turnagain Turn Tour with Salmon Berry Tours
  • Twilight Photo Tour with Alaska Photo Treks
  • Discover Denali Flightseeing with Rust's Flying Service
  • Experience Talkeetna with K2 Aviation & Alaska Railroad
  • Anchorage City Tour, Brewery Tour & Lunch
  • Helicopter Flightseeing and Glacier Landing
  • Hops on the Rail with Big Swig Tours and Alaska Railroad

Pre- and Post-FAMs and Alaska day adventures are exclusive to those participating in NACTA’s annual conference. For more information visit www.nactaconference.com the conference registration rate is $389 for non NACTA members until July 15, 2017.


ASTA Small Business Network (SBN) is the travel industry’s leading national trade association representing independent contractors, outside sales consultants, cruise and tour oriented consultants, group oriented travel professionals and traditional ARC-appointed travel agencies that provide services and support to such professionals. Established in 1986, SBN’s mission is to represent the interest of independent travel entrepreneurs and to promote professionalism and recognition for the professional independent consultant. SBN is an affiliate of ASTA, the American Society of Travel Advisors, the world’s largest travel trade association.