About the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau
Our Mission: To promote The Greater Ketchikan Area as a visitor destination and meeting site, to enhance the economy of the community, and assist in promotion of the area’s attractions and events
The Ketchikan Visitors Bureau (KVB) is a nonprofit organization founded by Ketchikan residents in 1976. As such, it is one of the first visitor bureaus organized in Alaska. The Bureau was originally established to provide a means for the community to cooperatively market the area as a cruise destination. Ketchikan has since emerged as a major port stop on the Alaskan cruise ship itinerary. Today, the Bureau continues to provide support services for the cruise industry while placing its emphasis on developing the independent markets, as well as meeting the conventions markets in Ketchikan.
The KVB generates revenue for its activities through advertising sales, membership dues, leases in the tour sales center and a number of other income-producing activities. Additional funding is provided by the City of Ketchikan and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. Governmental funds are primarily derived from bed taxes charged at area hotels, bed and breakfasts, and lodges, as well as from the Borough’s economic development programs.
KVB policies and programs are under the direction of its 12-member Board of Directors. Terms of office are staggered and a percentage of seats are up for election each year. A group of advisors, representing a cross section of the membership, are appointed annually to provide input to the Board of Directors. Any KVB member in good standing is eligible to serve on the Board.