Montana Access by Air

March 14, 2019 MEDIA CONTACT: DAX SCHIEFFER FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 406-539-1026 – dax Flying in and out of Montana easier than ever New airlines, new routes and more seats increase enplanements 32% in five years HELENA, MT – Air access to major markets is a critical factor for economic development and Montana has added […]

Resident Travel Report Released

Contact: Norma Nickerson, director, UM Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research, 406-243-2328,; Jeremy Sage, assistant director, 406-243-5552,; Kara Grau or Megan Schultz, 406-243-5685.   Montanan’s DO travel in Montana and spend money   MISSOULA – Montana residents took over 13.5 million day trips and 4 million overnight trips for leisure, business, or other […]

Guest view: We’re lucky to live in a popular destination for tourists

Guest view: We’re lucky to live in a popular destination for tourists May 6-12, 2018 marks the 35th anniversary of the 1983 congressional resolution that established National Travel and Tourism Week. This is a week to reflect on the contributions and accomplishments of the travel community and celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, […]

Agritourism Manual Now Available

AERO is thrilled to announce the release of Montana’s first guide to agritourism, Developing Montana’s Agritourism: A Resource Manual. The Manual was developed by AERO staff with the support of the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program, and the Agritourism Working Group of the Montana Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, MSU Extension, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Food […]

Tourism Grants Announced in 27 Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 19, 2018   CONTACTS: Ronja Abel, Communications Director, Governor’s Office, (406) 444-9725 Marissa Perry, Press Secretary, Governor’s Office, (406) 444-4514 Daniel Iverson, Communications Manager, Department of Commerce, (406) 841-2893   Governor Bullock Announces Grants to Strengthen Tourism in 27 Communities   MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced $750,000 in […]

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 […]

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 […]