Year in Review for Montana Tourism Industry

Year in Review for Montana Tourism Industry HELENA, MT – Tourism is a leading industry in Montana and continued its strong economic performance in 2017 supporting over 53,000 jobs.  Tourism provides jobs in lodging, restaurants, retail and many indirect positions supporting real estate, construction, architecture and banking.  Non-resident visitors spent $3.3 billion according to the […]

MEDA Spring Conference, April 26-27 – Dillon

    MEDA Members, Partners, and Friends –   Rockin’ it Rural: Thriving in Small Town Montana! Mark you calendar now to join us in Dillon, April 26-27 for the MEDA Spring Conference.   Your hosts: Headwaters RC&D and Beaverhead Development.   Some highlights include: Professional Development Training, Legislative Strategy Update, Cybersecurity, How to Rock […]

Commerce Reports Int’l Visitors Spent $245 Billion in 2016

August 11, 2017     U.S. Department of Commerce Reports International Visitors to the United States Spent $245 Billion in 2016   WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Commerce today revealed that 75.6 million international visitors came to the United States in 2016 for business, medical, education and leisure purposes. The visitors collectively spent $244.7 billion across the country. […]

Attacks on State Tourism Promotion Don’t Add Up

Attacks On State Tourism Promotion Don’t Add Up Op-Ed from Roger Dow, President & CEO of U.S. Travel Association When a state government invests in tourism promotion, it’s a win for economic growth, job creation and tax revenues.  The evidence is simply overwhelming. Despite these obvious benefits, destination marketers have inexplicably found themselves in the […]

Record Number of Americans to Travel this Independence Day

More Americans to Travel this Independence Day than Ever Before AAA report supports optimism for states like Montana with strong tourism industry ORLANDO, Fla. (June 22, 2017) – This Independence Day, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways to honor the […]

Celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week

Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week May 7-13 Voices of Montana Tourism joins the country in celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week, originally formed and recognized by a congressional resolution in 1983.  Now in its 34th year, it’s the annual salute to travel in America. This year’s theme shines a spotlight on the power of […]

Main Street MT Tourism KIN Presents to Billings Group

Hundreds of people gathered in Billings last week to listen, learn and network at the Innovate Montana Symposium that focused on highlighting change and innovation in Montana’s small business climate. Tourism as a leading industry for Montana is particularly relevant to the discussions as it provides amazing opportunities for small, family businesses.  Tourism based business can often have lower […]

Yellowstone Celebrates the NPS Centennial, August 25, Gardiner

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 7:00 pm Gardiner, Montana Yellowstone National Park and its partners will host a very special Centennial event to kick off the second century of the National Park Service, highlight the importance of public/private partnerships, and recognize the completion of the Gardiner Gateway Project (Phase One). The event features a talented line-up […]

Tourism Advisory Council Approves Marketing Plans

Butte America hosted the summer Tourism Advisory Council meeting June 6 and 7 at the historic Finlen Hotel.  Tourism and marketing leaders from across the state shared their vision and plans to attract new visitors to their area to be approved by the governor appointed board. The Tourism Advisory Council is mandated in Montana statute to […]