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A 2,000-passenger cruise ship was supposed to dock in Unalaska today, instead it decided to go to Sitka.

Although Unalaska is known as America’s top fishing port, tourism — in particular the cruise ship industry — is a growing source of revenue especially for small businesses and non-profits.

Locals say they’ve been left scrambling, trying to figure out how they will make up tens of thousands of dollars in lost revenue from the Celebrity Millennium’s canceled visit.

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Starting next summer, Unalaskans will able to rent jet skis and hire tour guides to show them the island’s waterfalls and wildlife. At least, that’s the vision of Doanh Thi Tran.

Tran won a regional business competition last week and earned $20,000 for her startup, the Bering Breeze Company.

“It’s a new recreation equipment company that will provide jet skis, bicycles, paddle boards, and paddle boats — fun things for local Unalaskans and anybody just passing through town," she said.

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Unalaskans have swept the first round of a regional business competition, thanks to startup ideas that range from soccer camps to bike rentals.

Last week, a panel of judges chose Travis Swangel, Carlos Tayag, and Doanh Thi Tran as the finalists of the 2017 Aleutian Marketplace Competition.

Sponsored by the Aleut Corporation and the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA), the contest will give one winner $20,000 to start a business.