Bob K , Dec 15, 2004; 11:04 p.m.
I guess I don't know enough about those permits to comment.
Your post gives the impression that they would stop everyone from bringing in their cameras and tripods. This isn't the case is it? If I go hiking or camping in Denali, I can still take pictures, right?
So the permits must give you some extra privileges.
What extra privileges do you get with those permits? How much do they cost? Who gets them? (Only the photography tour groups?) Is there a lottery? Is there a URL that explains the current system of allocation and benefits for the photography permits?
Why would the Alaska Travel Industry be against photographers? I would think that photographers have become a significantly larger source of tourism revenues the last few years. Maybe if the photography permits are mixed into the larger TWT allocation, some of the previous TWT permits would go to photography so that there could actually be more photography permits allocated? Or would there be some benefits lost by operating under a TWT?
Again, your post might (or might not) be a little misleading. Please fill us in with more info.