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 […]

Tourism Discussed at Roundtable

From KFBB News Sept. 14, 2012 Helena legislators and candidates attended a roundtable discussion Friday morning to discuss the tourism industry.

Montana’s Summer Travel Season Ends Again on High Note

From the Sept. 9, 2012 edition of the Missoulian by Tristan Scott The passing of Labor Day marks an end to the summer travel season in Montana, and preliminary figures released this week suggest that it was another banner year for the state’s tourism industry.

Flathead Lodging Industry Reports Solid Summer Season

From the Sept. 9, 2012 edition of The Daily Inter Lake By Heidi Gaiser Montana made its mark in the tourism industry nationwide this summer, topping all 50 states in July with a hotel-room occupancy rate of 84 percent. Flathead Valley hotels certainly weren’t left out of the equation.

Billings Gazette Opinion: Montana Richer for Welcoming 10.5 Million Visitors

From the July 31, 2012 edition of the Billings Gazette Montanans are outnumbered 10 to 1 by their out-of-state visitors. That demand for hospitality is highly profitable for our sparsely populated state. Last year, nonresident travelers pumped $3.3 billion into Montana’s economy, according to the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana. […]

Bed Tax is 25 Years Old

From the July 29, 2012 edition of the Billings Gazette by Lorna Thackeray Before the year is out, tourism experts say, 10.5 million out-of-state visitors will journey to or through Montana, dropping somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 billion.

Tourism Lesson Taught in Bigfork

Aired on KAJ on May 8, 2012 A pair of Montana state senators are touring Flathead Valley businesses that cash in big during the summer season in an effort to beef up tourism throughout the state. Llew Jones and Bruce Tutvedt stopped by the Marina Cay resort in Bigfork on Tuesday to learn more about […]

Local Lawmakers on the Front Lines of the Tourism Industry for Tourism Works Day

Aired on KULR May 8, 2012 Tourism brings about $2.8 billion to Montana every year. Tuesday, on Montana’s Tourism Works Day, local lawmakers got busy on the front lines of the tourism industry. State Senator Gary Branae helped serve lunch at a brunch recognizing volunteers with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. He was one of […]