MT Lodging & Hospitality Fall Meeting, Oct 21-23, 2019 – Missoula

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Join industry professionals and key vendors and partners for the hospitality industry’s premiere event.

 

2019 Fall Tourism Conference & Trade Show

We want to congratulate the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula for being selected by our membership to host the 2019 convention.  Please note the confirmed dates: October 21-23, 2019  Learn more at http://www.mtlha.com/

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

Posted on Nov 13, 2018 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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Missoula Business Education Roundtable – Sept. 17

Posted on Aug 26, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

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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

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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

Billings Tourism Business Education Roundtable – October 17

Posted on Aug 23, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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

The Northern Hotel
19 N Broadway
Billings, MT  59101

You are cordially invited to a lunch forum to discuss and learn more about our state’s tourism industry with Southeast Montana and Billings 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 October 5

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/billings-tourism-business-education-roundtable-tickets-49611257607

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 Billings

– First Interstate Bank

Montana Lodging & Hospitality Association

– Visit Southeast Montana

Bozeman Tourism Business Education Roundtable – October 30

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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

Best Western Plus Grantree Inn
1325 N. 7th Ave.
Bozeman, MT  59715

You are cordially invited to a lunch forum to discuss and learn more about our state’s tourism industry with Yellowstone Country and Bozeman 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 October 5

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bozeman-tourism-business-education-roundtable-tickets-49624789080

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:

– Only in Bozeman

Yellowstone Country

Montana Lodging & Hospitality Association

First Security Bank Montana – Division of Glacier Bank

Visit Big Sky

Tourism Advisory Council Meeting February 4-5, 2019 – Helena

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Resident Travel Report Released

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Contact: Norma Nickerson, director, UM Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research, 406-243-2328, norma.nickerson@umontana.edu; Jeremy Sage, assistant director, 406-243-5552, Jeremy.sage@umontana.edu; 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 trip types at least 50 miles away from their home in 2017. Their spending on these trips totaled nearly $2.87 billion according to a report from the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana.

Resident day trips represented more than three times the number of overnight trips, and subsequently more total dollars are spent due to day trips ($1.66 billion in day trips; $1.21 billion in overnight trips).

Business day trips and leisure overnight trips by residents have the highest spending of all trip types. Day and overnight business trips contribute $1.36 billion to travel spending. Leisure trips contribute $1.13 billion to the economy while other types of trips such as medical, shopping, and so forth, contribute $374 million.

The highest percent of all travel dollars were expended in Glacier and Southwest Montana travel regions (see map), as they represent 50% of all resident day trip and 48% of all overnight travel dollars.

“What is interesting,” said Norma Nickerson, Director of the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research, “Is that the western part of the state receives the most dollars from residents traveling there, but Yellowstone County captures 13.2 percent of all resident travel spending, the highest of all counties. Billings accounts for 97 percent of the traveler’s dollars in that county.”

Missoula County, with 503,900 overnight trips and $153,976,000 in spending is the next highest recipient county of resident travel dollars, followed by Gallatin and Lewis & Clark Counties.

“Restaurant and bars make up the highest spending category in each county, out spending gasoline and lodging,” said Dr. Nickerson. “Apparently eating out and visiting local breweries is a great excuse to travel at least 50 miles from home.”

Results of the ITRR study show that residents’ county of origin to other counties reflects the Montana population. The most populated counties (Yellowstone, Missoula, Cascade, Gallatin, Lewis & Clark, and Flathead) represent the highest percent of visitation to all other counties.

The report looks in detail at the top six counties where residents spent overnights: Yellowstone, Missoula, Gallatin, Lewis and Clark, Flathead, and Cascade. If the top outdoor activities from each (scenic driving, day hiking and wildlife watching) are removed, there are interesting differences. Yellowstone and Cascade counties show the highest percent of their visitors enjoy recreational shopping while special dining tops the other four counties. Going to museums landed in the top eight activities for Gallatin County, viewing art exhibits was in the top eight for Lewis and Clark County and motor boating emerged in Flathead County. All six counties also had participation in going to local breweries with Missoula County having the highest percent who indicated a need to taste the local brews.

Total travel industry spending in Montana is $6.23 billion dollars; 54 percent contributed by nonresidents and 46 percent by resident travel within the state. Nonresidents provide the economic impact to the state by bringing in new dollars. Residents provide their impact to counties outside their current residence.

The ITRR study surveyed 10,795 Montanans ages 18 and older who were intercepted at gas stations and rest areas throughout the state during 2017 to assess overall trip types and numbers. An additional survey was completed by 1,341 residents who provided more detail into a specific trip within the past month.

More information on the study is available at https://scholarworks.umt.edu/itrr_pubs/367/.  All information and reports published by ITRR are available online at http://www.itrr.umt.edu.

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

Posted on May 11, 2018 in Latest News | No Comments

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, businesses and personal well-being.

In Montana, with successful promotions attracting 12.4 million non-resident visitors, most who arrive during the summer months, it can be easy to get hung up on the inconveniences created with more people on the roads, lined up in stores or in the places we like to eat.

I believe National Travel and Tourism Week is a great time to reflect on the positive impacts the visitor economy brings to Montana.

Tourism fuels Montana’s economy as non-resident visitors spent $3.4 billion in 2017 according to the Institute of Tourism & Recreation Research. Those dollars are spent on guides, outfitters, restaurants, retail, farmer’s markets and hotels that helps Montana’s small businesses and main streets.

Tourism creates jobs, according to ITRR, visitors supported 53,000 jobs with $1.35 billion in salaries directly related to tourism industry jobs. Those dollars that were injected into Montana’s economy from visitors will circulate in our communities many times over.

Tourism lowers the tax burden on all Montanans, in the past seven years over $161 million has been deposited to the state general fund from lodging taxes alone. Tourism lowers taxes $491 for each Montana household.

Tourism improves Montanans access to other places with growing air service that includes new non-stop cities, large aircraft and even new airlines. The foundation for continued expansion of Montana’s economy across many sectors including high tech, healthcare and manufacturing relies on reliable air access. Since 1987 when Montana’s tourism industry began to grow, airline enplanements have more than doubled to nearly 2,000,000 per year.

Tourism supports communities to promote and preserve the qualities that make Montana a great place to live, work and play. Travelers add to the lifestyle many Montanans enjoy by supporting more restaurants, shops and special events. What we enjoy now is far more than what the state’s population could support on its own.

I’m proud to live in a state that is a desirable place for others to visit. I feel lucky about that. Sure, I may wait in line a little longer this summer, but I’m going to thank and welcome that visitor, because they are making Montana better.

Dax Schieffer is director of voices for Montana Tourism.