TRANSNATIONAL POLICY ISSUES
IN THE ALASKA CRUISE INDUSTRY
John M. Munro and Warren G. Gill
The Alaska cruise industry is the world’s fourth largest cruise market. The industry produces a service using mainly imported factors of production (ships, crews, supplies), which it then sells to buyers, almost all of whom are from outside the region. Yet certain regional facilities and access to regional environmental capital are necessary to the success of the product. Passengers augment their on-board interests with touristic activities in various Alaskan ports and with similar on-shore travel in British Columbia, Alberta, and Washington State. This international mixture generates a number of interesting transnational policy issues involving shared economic impacts, environmental monitoring and regulation, and national maritime policy.