Voices of Montana Stresses Importance of Tourism

From the March 14, 2012 edition of the Great Falls Tribune by Jo Dee Black In 1993, Colorado became the only state to eliminate its tourism marketing function, when it cut its $12 million promotion budget to zero. Colorado’s domestic market share plunged 30 percent within two years, representing a loss of more than $1.4 […]

Glacier National Park Economic Impact

From the February 29, 2012 edition of the Daily Inter Lake By Jim Mann A new report from the National Park Service finds that the record 2.2 million people who visited Glacier National Park in 2010 spent almost $110 million in and around the park. According to the report, that spending supported 1,695 jobs in […]

Yellowstone a Boon to Local Economies

From the February 28, 2012 edition of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle by Jason Bacaj A study released by the National Park Service on Tuesday confirmed what we all suspected: Yellowstone National Park brings in millions of dollars and thousands of jobs into the local economies that edge the 3,472-square-mile park. The peer-reviewed study, by Michigan […]

Billings Gazette Opinion: Tourism Investment Pays Off Big for Montana

From the Feb. 14, 2012 edition of the Billings Gazette Most of the 10-million-plus visitors to Montana will arrive after our snow is gone. But Montana businesses and tourism organizations want Montanans to start thinking now about how important the travel industry is to our state. Most of Montana’s tourism promotion budget comes from a statewide […]

Local Initiative to Educate Montanans on Tourism Benefits

From the Feb. 12, 2012 edition of the Missoulian by Jenna Cederberg Members of Montana’s travel and tourism industry have launched a new initiative to help raise awareness about the economic impact the industry has across the state, in advance of the 2013 Montana Legislature. Voices of Montana Tourism aims to promote statistics like this: […]

Tourism Group Formed to Support State Marketing Efforts

From the Feb. 13, 2012 edition of the Billings Gazette By Lorna Thackeray Each year, Montana hosts more than 10 times its population in out-of-state visitors. They drop about $2.4 billion on everything from hotel rooms to gambling and send a ripple through the economy that affects everything from sales at the mall to insurance […]

Executive Order to Increase Overseas Tourism a Plus for Montana

Aired on Beartooth NBC on 1/23/2012 by Kristin Price President Obama recently signed an executive order to increase travel and tourism across the United States. New initiatives aim to speed up the time it takes to process a visa, encouraging more foreign travel. The Executive Director of the Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association, Stuart Doggett, […]

Travel and Tourism Discussed at Fairmont Hot Springs

Education was the basis for the Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association’s new tourism public relations initiative that was unveiled at a conference at Fairmont Hot Springs Monday afternoon. Economist Patrick Barkey told conference attendees that travel and tourism is a lead industry for the Treasure State. That’s why the executive director of the Montana Lodging […]

The Economic Importance of Montana Tourism

The Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association’s Fall tourism conference took place Oct. 23-25 at the Fairmont Hot Springs. In this feature interview with Edward O’Brien, Association executive director, Stuart Doggett, discusses a new campaign designed raise awareness about the economic importance of Montana’s tourism industry. Hear the evening feature story on Montana Public Radio. Aired on […]