City and Borough of Juneau and cruise lines sign Memorandum of Agreement on port capacity
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~ Juneau, Alaska - The City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) and cruise lines calling the port have come to an agreement to manage the growing number of visitors in the capital city. The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by both parties, setting a limit of 16,000 lower berths per day, with 12,000 on Saturdays.

The MOA also includes a commitment to meet annually to optimize the schedule, review visitor numbers, and discuss community goals. This agreement was negotiated by CBJ and Cruise Lines International Association in Alaska (CLIA), based on recommendations from the Visitor Industry Task Force (VITF) in 2021. It further strengthens the partnership between all parties involved.

Renée Limoge Reeve, Vice President of Government and Community Relations at CLIA, expressed their ongoing commitment to work with CBJ and the residents of Juneau. "Cruise lines are committed to being strong partners with the community," she said. "The City's leadership has been instrumental in maintaining a dialogue to foster solutions to the issues highlighted by the VITF. We've heard the community's concerns and will continue to partner with CBJ to improve the experience of residents and visitors alike."

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The daily thresholds set in this agreement recognize the importance of preserving both resident and visitor experiences while providing a stable market for local businesses that rely on the cruise industry. It also showcases a strong partnership between the community and industry as they work together towards maintaining a sustainable visitor industry in Juneau and Southeast Alaska.

Alexandra Pierce, Juneau Visitor Industry Director, emphasized that the cruise industry is vital to their local economy. She stated that there is a need for infrastructure improvement and increased tour capacity to enhance guest experience while reducing impacts on residents. "With this agreement," Pierce said, "we are committing to a cap on our busiest days and will meet annually to ensure our visitor numbers remain sustainable. This work is difficult, time-consuming, and extremely important for our community. We appreciate the partners who helped us get here."

More information on the Visitor Industry Task Force and the agreement can be found on This MOA marks a significant step towards managing the growing number of visitors in Juneau while maintaining a positive relationship between the community and cruise industry.

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