Tourism Advisory Council Meeting June 14-15, 2021

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Made in Montana Tradeshow, Sept. 10-11, 2021

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September 10 – 11, 2021

Health and safety guidelines necessary to keep our members and staff safe, including social distancing and limits on large gatherings, factor into planning the 2021 Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food and Gifts, tentatively scheduled for September 10, 11 2021 in Helena.

The 2021 Tradeshow may look a little different this year as we balance CDC, Montana, and Lewis and Clark County guidelines.  The 2021 Tradeshow floor plan will optimize social distancing and reflect safety measures. We look forward to hosting a great show in September.

The Tradeshow is located annually at the Lewis & Clark County Exhibit Hall, 98 West Custer Avenue, Helena, MT.

Exhibitor Online Registration Available May 19 2021

Buyer Registration Available in July, 2021

Looking for great products to stock your retail store before summer?  Qualified buyers can browse the Wholesale Directory of Made in Montana products and contact producers directly.

Bannack State Park Living History Weekend, Sept. 16-19, 2021

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Sep 16, 2021 10:00 AM

Sep 19, 2021 5:00 PM

Bannack State Park

Relive the excitement of the Gold Rush era in Montana at our annual Living History Weekend at Bannack State Park.

Come out for this unique four-day event from Thursday, September 16th to Sunday, September 19th. Living History activities start daily at 10am and wrap up around 5pm. You won’t want to miss this window into Montana’s past.

Tourism Advisory Council, October 4, 2021

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MT Lodging & Hospitality Fall Meeting, Oct 17-20, 2021 – Whitefish

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

2021 Fall Tourism Conference & Trade Show
Grouse Mountain Lodge &
The Lodge at Whitefish Lake
October 17-20

National Plan for Vacation Day, January 25, 2022

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National Plan for Vacation Day, celebrated on the last Tuesday of January, is a day to encourage Americans to plan their time off.

Thanks for celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day! Happily, inspiring vacation planning doesn’t begin and end on on January 28. It’s something that can be done throughout the year. If you haven’t already, use the Vacation Planning Tool to map out your days.

National Travel & Tourism Week – May 1-7, 2022

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Save-the-Date: May 2 – 8, 2021!

National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community. It’s a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being.

Montana Access by Air

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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 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.

Voices Featured Speaker for Kalispell Chamber Luncheon – May 15, 2018

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Tourism Defined, we will explore all of the ways the visitor economy provides economic value for the Flathead Valley.


See more here.

MEDA Spring Conference, April 26-27 – Dillon

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MEDA Members, Partners, and Friends –


Rockin’ it Rural: Thriving in Small Town Montana! Mark you calendar now to join us in Dillon, April 26-27 for the MEDA Spring Conference.


Your hosts: Headwaters RC&D and Beaverhead Development.


Some highlights include: Professional Development Training, Legislative Strategy Update, Cybersecurity, How to Rock it Rural, MEDA Annual Meeting, Walking Tour of Campus and Historic District, Party at Patagonia (with special discount), Outdoor Recreation Economic Development…and…more!


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