Explore Indian Country – New Guide Book Available

Posted on Apr 8, 2019 in Latest News | No Comments

INDIAN COUNTRY

There is great diversity among the twelve tribes located in Big Sky Country in their languages, rituals, histories and governments. Each tribe has a distinct and unique cultural heritage that contributes to modern Montana. Indigenous languages and traditions are alive and well throughout Indian Country, where visitors are welcome to experience the varied customs of each tribe.

Click here to download the full guide.

 

Indian Country Cover

Montana Access by Air

March 14, 2019 MEDIA CONTACT: DAX SCHIEFFER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 406-539-1026 – dax @voicesoftourism.com

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 over 500,000 enplanements in five years with a record 2.2 million passengers in 2018. This growth supports nearly every sector of Montana’s economy with tourism, gas and oil, new business development and technology company growth. More convenient flights also improve access and lower costs for Montanans who travel for leisure or business.

Remarkably, this growth in air access is taking place in one of the most remote areas in the contiguous United States. Geographically, Montana is the furthest area from major urban markets. This distance increases costs in fuel to travel longer and adds time to flights limiting efficiency for airlines to maximize trips in a day per plane, creating a strategic disadvantage relative to other remote airports competing for new service.

Several ingredients contribute to attracting new airlines and encouraging existing airlines to add routes to new cities and increasing seats per plane. The first component starts with effective promotions to put Montana at the top of desirable destinations to visit for potential travelers. Second, airlines like to minimize risk and are attracted when communities can form public/private partnerships to provide revenue guarantees to develop new travel markets. The added bonus for these arrangements can be targeted marketing campaigns in those new markets that supports the first need.

Expenses are a major factor for airlines consideration and Montana airports have kept airline costs low to incentivize airlines to maintain and consider new service. Airports can keep airline costs low with on time arrivals and departures with adequate gate and luggage systems and modern air traffic control technologies. Another incentive includes a $.02 rebate applied to the $.04 aviation fuel tax that helps when airlines consider market opportunities for limited resources throughout the nation. Without these incentives, other states may become more attractive than Montana for new service.

“While Montana has a lot of momentum in growing air access, it’s important to recognize success is not by accident and we are always competing with other markets in the country when trying to negotiate with airlines,” said Dax Schieffer, Voices of Montana Tourism Director. “A downturn in capacity of seats in and out of Montana would not only make travel less convenient, it could also increase costs for Montanans to fly as less competition would predictably raise fares. It was recently reported that when American Airlines entered the Missoula market, travelers saved $2.8 million in fares in the third quarter of 2018.”

Voices of Montana Tourism serves as a united voice for Montana’s tourism stakeholders. Since its creation in 2011, Voices has led the effort with education and outreach to communicate the immense value a sustainably-grown tourism industry provides for all Montanans.
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National Travel and Tourism Week May 5-11, 2019

Posted on Jan 21, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments

 

About

Established by a congressional resolution in 1983, this week of events serves to champion the power of our industry. Travel and tourism professionals from across the nation work throughout the week to promote the impactful contributions their travel markets and organizations make to the U.S. economy.

The travel community marks the event in a number of creative ways, from staging local rallies and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local governments.

 

MT Association of Chamber Executives June 3-4, Billings

Posted on Jan 20, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments
MACE COORDINATOR

DEE DURAND

406.442.2405 | EXT. 105

DEE@MONTANACHAMBER.COM

CONTACT DEE FOR:

  • MONTANA ASSOCIATION OF CHAMBER EXECUTIVES

Dee enjoyed a long career at the Montana Chamber of Commerce before retiring in 2010. Dee was invited back to the Chamber to work part-time in 2016 to assist with Envision 2026, the Chamber’s ten-year strategic plan.

While Dee continues to help coordinate meetings and initiatives related to Envision 2026, most of her time is focused on working with Montana’s local chambers of commerce as the Montana Association of Chamber Executives (MACE) Coordinator. Dee is from Helena and loves bringing chamber professionals from around the Treasure State together for MACE’s fall and spring conferences.

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Montana Chamber of Commerce Business Days Jan 7-8, 2019 – Helena

Posted on Jan 13, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Business days at the Capitol

Montana Chamber of Commerce Business Days at the Capitol brings together business leaders and government officials to talk face-to-face and participate in a variety of educational and networking events. This is a terrific opportunity to speak directly with elected officials and to learn about the current business climate in Montana.
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Leadership Montana Confluence September 21-23, 2020 Red Lodge

Posted on Jan 4, 2019 in Upcoming Events | No Comments

Our annual signature event, The Confluence is a traveling conference spanning two days in September and is open to the general public, not just alumni. A committee of local alumni identify a new location each year and plan interactive opportunities to learn from community leaders about the challenges and opportunities unique to their town. Think of it as a leadership retreat full of inspiring people who love Montana.

Program Descriptions

 

Gov Conference on Tourism & Recreation April 14-16, 2019 – Butte

Posted on Jan 1, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Welcome – Montana Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Recreation, the premier event supporting Montana’s leading industry.

Welcome

The Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation is the annual gathering of Montana’s tourism and recreation industry.

The 2019 conference will be in Butte, America April 14-16, 2019

For general questions, click here to contact us.

Missoula Business Education Roundtable – Sept. 17

Posted on Aug 26, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Register Here

Date and Time

Mon, September 17, 2018

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MDT

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Location

DoubleTree by Hilton – Edgewater

100 Madison Street

Missoula, MT 59802

Description

You are cordially invited to a lunch forum to discuss and learn more about our state’s tourism industry with Glacier Country and Missoula businesses and leaders.

Lunch service will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m., doors open at 11:30 We hope to see you there!!

Why you should attend: Because policy decisions affect our state’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry and it is important to be informed of the facts around the value of tourism for all Montana families. Many industries directly and indirectly benefit from a healthy and strong tourism industry. Your attendance lets you hear from people in your community on the importance of tourism and for you to share your thoughts on solutions for all Montanans.

This event sponsored in part by:

Destination Missoula

Glacier Country Tourism

Montana Lodging & Hospitality Association

Windfall

Helena Business Education Roundtable – October 3

Posted on Aug 25, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

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Date and Time

Wed, October 3, 2018

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MDT

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Location

The Montana Club – 6th Floor

24 W 6th Ave.

Helena, MT 59601

Description

You are cordially invited to a lunch forum to discuss and learn more about our state’s tourism industry with Southwest Montana and Helena businesses and leaders.

Lunch service will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m., doors open at 11:30 a.m. We hope to see you there!

Why you should attend: Because policy decisions affect our state’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry and it is important to be informed of the facts around the value of tourism for all Montana families. Many industries directly and indirectly benefit from a healthy and strong tourism industry. Your attendance lets you hear from people in your community on the importance of tourism and for you to share your thoughts on solutions for all Montanans.

This event sponsored in part by:

Hoffman York

Visit Southwest Montana

Montana Lodging & Hospitality Association

Visit Helena

Great Falls Tourism Business Education Roundtable – October 4

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Thursday, October 4, 2018

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Hotel Arvon – Dark Horse Hall
16 1st Ave. S.
Great Falls, MT  59401
You are cordially invited to a lunch forum to discuss and learn more about our state’s tourism industry with Central Montana and Great Falls businesses and leaders.

Lunch service will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m., doors open at 11:30 a.m.  We hope to see you there!

Please Register by September 24

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-falls-tourism-business-education-roundtable-tickets-49610433141

Questions:
Dax Schieffer
Voices of Montana Tourism
406.539.1026
Dax@VoicesOfTourism.com

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Why you should attend: Because policy decisions affect our state’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry and it is important to be informed of the facts around the value of tourism for all Montana families.  Many industries directly and indirectly benefit from a healthy and strong tourism industry.  Your attendance lets you hear from people in your community on the importance of tourism and for you to share your thoughts on solutions for all Montanans.   

This event sponsored in part by:

– Visit Great Falls Montana

Central Montana

Montana Lodging & Hospitality Association