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Guest Opinion: Changing Conversation About Montana’s Tourism Industry

From the May 21, 2013 edition of the Missoulian Guest column by SANDRA JOHNSON-THARES, MIKE SCHOLZ and RACENE FRIEDE If 2013 is like last year, Montanans can expect to welcome more than 5 million travelers this summer and close to 11 million throughout the full year. This is great news for thousands of small businesses […]

Tester Hosts Workshop On Tourism

From ABC Fox Montana May 17, 2013 On May 17, Senator Jon Tester hosted his 13th Annual Small Business Workshop in Bozeman. The focus was tourism in the state.

Tester Business Workshop Focuses on Tourism

From the May 18, 2013 edition of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle By Laura Lundquist Tourism may still play second fiddle to agriculture as Montana’s leading industry, but not for long if some of Montana’s small business owners have their say.

Tourism Industry Sees Uptick in 2013

From the Feb. 19, 2013 edition of the Billings Gazette by Lorna Thackeray Peter Christ, co-owner of Bridge Creek Backcountry Kitchen and Wine Bar, plans to staff his Red Lodge restaurant for a big summer.

Flathead Valley Growth Driven by Tourism, Recreation

From the Dec. 16, 2012 edition of the Missoulian by Tristan Scott Even as much of rural America struggles with economic decline, the Flathead Valley is growing and vibrant, its pristine natural resources, open spaces and quality of life paying off in tangible economic benefits.

Tourism Rebounds as Economy Improves

From the Dec. 11, 2012 edition of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle by Laura Lundquist The recession is a thing of the past if measured by Montana’s popularity with tourists. More than 10.9 million people will have visited Montana in 2012 by the year’s end, a 3.2 percent increase over 2011 totals, according to the University […]

Video from the Governor Candidates Forum

On Tues., Oct. 23 Democrat Steve Bullock and Republican Rick Hill participated in a Governor Candidates Forum focused on tourism, the lodging tax and small business issues. If you missed the event held during the Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association’s annual conference, view the video courtesy of Missoula Community Access Television.

Editorial: Western Montana Boasts Strong Tourist Season

From the Sept. 16, 2012 edition of the Missoulian EDITORIAL BOARD: Publisher Jim McGowan, Editor Sherry Devlin, Opinion Editor Tyler Christensen Tourism has been a growing bright spot in western Montana’s economy, even as other major economic sectors – think real estate and forest-based jobs – have lagged. Recent numbers indicate that this past summer […]