Icy Strait Point is in the shortlist for Seatrade's "Port of the Year" award
On August 20th, Seatrade unveiled it shortlists for the 2020 Cruise Awards. Icy Strait Point is a finalist in the Port of the Year category. This is the first time in Seatrade award history an Alaskan port is being recognized for an award. For all 2020 finalists, in all eight categories, Icy Strait Point is the only United States-based company nominated.
For over 16 years, Huna Totem has been on a journey to develop our flagship asset, Icy Strait Point, into a world-class tourism destination. Since opening in 2004, Icy Strait Point has hosted over two million passengers, and today receives ship calls from every major cruise line traveling to Alaska. Icy Strait Point is at the heartbeat of its community’s economy as the single largest employer and contributor to local sales tax, having contributed over $60 million directly to the community of Hoonah over that 16-year period. Since opening, Huna Totem Corporation’s cultural and community driven port model continues to receive attention and support from national and international companies and travelers.
The Port of the Year nomination reflects the achievements of Icy Strait Point from July 2019 to July 2020. During this time, Icy Strait Point set visitor and tax contribution records for Hoonah, Alaska, doubled capacity with the addition of a second large cruise ship dock and the Wilderness Landing port area, and built Alaska’s first high-speed gondola system; opening Hoonah Mountain to alpine exploration. With the opening of the new port area, Icy Strait Point added nearly one hundred positions to support the increased number of cruise passengers visiting the expanded port.
The 2020 Seatrade nomination reflects the perseverance of the people of Hoonah. Icy Strait Point leads by building value, respect, and community. Through its visitor capacity growth and port expansion, Icy Strait Point’s employee-base exceeds three-quarters local, shareholder, and Alaska Native hire during normal operations. All retail and souvenir shops are Alaskan-owned and operated. Year-after-year, Icy Strait Point receives the highest cruise industry ratings for guest engagement and the most authentic Alaskan experience.
“The unique part of the Icy Strait Point experience is the local interaction. They have a great local and engaged workforce. A lot of times you go to cruise destinations around the world and the labor is brought in. You get the cultural interaction and the history at Icy Strait Point,” said Howard Sherman, Vice President, Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings Ltd.
Along with Icy Strait Point, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Dover, UK have made Seatrade’s shortlist for the top honor of Port of the Year for 2020. The final winners will be announced on October 6, 2020 during Seatrade’s virtual cruise industry trade show.