HOONAH, Alaska (AP) – The predominantly Alaska Native village of Hoonah is preparing to have a new dock that is expected to bring thousands of more tourists.

The Juneau Empire reports the village hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new dock Wednesday at Icy Strait Point.

Icy Strait Point is owned by Huna Totem Corporation, a for-profit Alaska Native corporation, and the new dock is a collaboration with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. The City of Hoonah has also taken action to support the project.

Work on the new structure could begin in June with the hope of welcoming passengers in the 2020 season.

Hoonah is a small community about 40 miles (about 64 kilometers) southwest of Juneau.

Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com