Tourist season is officially underway in Anchorage as the first cruise ship of the season docks at the port of Alaska.

Holland America's Zaandam docked in Anchorage at 8 a.m. on Monday with more than 1,400 passengers -- a sign the tourism industry is booming. 

 
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A record number of visitors came to Alaska in 2017 and experts predict that number will keep growing. This year, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is expecting 34 ships with more than 500 voyages and more than one million passengers to make their way to Alaska. That translates into dollar signs for our economy.

CLIA says there will be an increase of more than $137 million in annual passenger spending in the next two years which generates significant revenues for local communities.

The Zaandam is scheduled to dock in Anchorage every other Monday at 8 a.m. 

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