by Sarah J.F. Braley | September 01, 2012
Anchorage, Alaska
The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau has changed its name to Visit Anchorage. The move is similar to that of other destination marketing organizations that have rebranded to put the focus on marketing and bringing visitors to their destinations.

The Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program, which allows certain flyers to go through an expedited security check, is scheduled to be begin at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport later this year.

Renovations at the 198-room Westmark Anchorage Hotel finished up earlier this year, adding flat-screen TVs to the guest rooms and redoing the bathrooms. The property offers 4,862 square feet of meeting space.

The 92-room Aspen Suites Hotel opened in midtown in June. Each room features a fully outfitted kitchen with a ceramic cooktop. The hotel is minutes from the airport and the convention district.

Meeting Hotels
Properties in Alaska's largest city include the 606-room Hilton Anchorage Hotel, 546-room Hotel Captain Cook, 392-room Anchorage Marriott Downtown, 375-room Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa, 251-room Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, 248-room Millennium Alaskan Anchorage and 198-room Westmark Anchorage Hotel.

Convention Centers
Dena'ina Center; exhibit space, 72,240 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 15. (907) 263-2850

The Egan Center; exhibit space, 30,534 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 21. (907) 263-2800

Airport Transit
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, approximately 5 miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $20

Room tax, 12%; sales tax, 0%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12%

Group Venue
Alaska Ambassadors offers attendees two walking tours through the city: the Taste of Anchorage Culinary tour, featuring sample bites and chef wisdom from a variety of local restaurants; and the Art, Chocolate and History tour, visiting the city's public art collection and historical spots. Groups of up to 25 are accommodated. (907) 538-2643

Visit Anchorage, (907) 276-4118