Each year thousands of people from around the world visit Ketchikan, arriving by air and sea. The majority of visitors arrive aboard the magnificent ships that cruise the Inside Passage from April through September. Ketchikan also welcomes independent travelers and sportfish enthusiasts, as well as visitors arriving to attend meetings, conferences and special events.

The following statistics provide an overview of the visitor industry in Ketchikan. Additional information is available by contacting our office.

Ketchikan Cruise Ship Calendar (PDF)

Year Cruise ships Cruise ship stops Cruise passengers Airline visitors AMHS ferry visitors TOTAL Visitors
2016 38 489 948,089 35,904 6,300 990,293
2015 38 496 944,500 32,500 6,150 983,150
2014 39 492 884,503 28,284 8,057 920,844
2013 40 505 954,685 27,177 8,942 990,804
2012 36 470 894,320 32,285 11,691 938,296
2011 30 449 844,412 32,382 13,533 890,327
2010 26 427 828,929 31,111 11,921 871,961
2009 36 496 937,419 31,926 11,383 980,728
2008 37 502 941,910 31,926 12,533 986,369

Note: Numbers based on visitor estimates between May and September annually. This information is obtained from a variety of sources and the KVB makes no guarantee as to the accuracy of the data. Gross sales information is obtained from sales tax reports for tourism related categories.