National Plan for Vacation Day, January 31

Posted by: on Oct 15, 2016 in Upcoming Events | No Comments

Join Project: Time Off on January 31 for National Plan for Vacation Day and encourage Americans to declare their vacation days for the rest of the year, at the start of the year.

In our culture of packed schedules, hyper-connectivity, and work martyrdom, American workers are in serious need of a break. It’s time to start being intentional about how we spend our days.

We understand the value of vacation time for our relationships, personal well-being, and professional success. Yet, 51% of Americans skip the one step that could help them vacation: planning. Individuals who plan are more likely to use all of their time off, take more vacation days at once, and report greater levels of happiness in every category measured.

Americans need a wake-up call to take back their calendars and #PlanForVacation.

More details to follow, and keep an eye on the calendar for more events as they are posted.




MT Culinary Arts & Restaurant Management State Championships, February 6-7 Helena

Posted by: on Oct 13, 2016 in Upcoming Events | No Comments

National Competition Standards

This is our first year following the National format. This means no more baking, and arrival the day before. So, we’ll see you on:

Monday, Feb 6th

3-6pm                Product Check In @ The Great Northern Best Western

6-8pm                Reception Dinner @ The Jade Palace

8-8:30pm          Mandatory Orientation for Schools @ The Jade Palace

8:45-9:15pm    Mandatory Orientation for Judges @ Mackenzie River Pizza

Tuesday, Feb 7th

Breakfast on your own

All Remaining Events are at the Great Northern Best Western Convention Center

7:45am              Management Team Check In

8-10am              Management State Championship Competition

10-11am            Management Showcase (Public encouraged to visit the booths and talk to the teams)

11am-Noon       Lunch

Noon-3pm         Culinary Arts State Championship Competition

3pm-4pm           Cleanup, and Judging Deliberation

4-4:30pm           Awards Ceremony

Made In Montana Tradeshow, March 10-11, 2017

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Tradeshow March 10-11, 2017

The annual, two day trade show connects wholesale store buyers from across the region with over 150 members of the Made in Montana program.

Experience firsthand the quality and beauty of unique products made by Montana artists, designers and manufacturers. Products include gourmet foods and beverages; fine arts and crafts; unique apparel; accessories; home décor and much more! Exhibitors come from all over the state to display and sell their innovative products, artful creations, and tasty treats to buyers who will soon put these products on their store shelves, use in their restaurants, and have available statewide to visitors and Montanans alike.

Join us this year at the annual Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food and Gifts!

Friday March 10, 2017: Wholesale Buyer Day (reserved strictly for wholesale buyers only)

Saturday March 11, 2017: Public Showcase Day. This event is free to the public.

Click here for more information.


2017 Montana Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Recreation March 12–14, 2017

Posted by: on Oct 9, 2016 in Upcoming Events | No Comments

Welcome – Montana Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Recreation


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

The 2017 conference will be in Helena, March 12–14. Registration is now open.

For general questions, click here to contact us.

Yellowstone National Park Roads Open, April 21

Posted by: on Oct 8, 2016 in Upcoming Events | No Comments

2017 Scheduled Spring Road Opening Dates

  • April 21: Mammoth to Old Faithful; Madison to West Entrance; Norris to Canyon.
  • May 5: Canyon Junction to Lake; Lake to East Entrance (Sylvan Pass).
  • May 12: Lake to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), and South Entrance to West Thumb; Tower Junction to Tower Fall.
  • May 26: Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass)
  • May 26: Beartooth Highway

Please consider that listed information is subject to change based upon weather.  For the most up to date information, check:


National Travel and Tourism Week May 7-13, 2017

Posted by: on Sep 9, 2016 in Upcoming Events | No Comments

Click here for the latest details.

National Travel and Tourism Week | U.S. Travel Association

Last year, 450 organizations across the U.S. participated in National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW)—America’s annual salute to travel and tourism.


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.



This year’s National Travel and Tourism Week will shine a spotlight on the power of travel by recognizing the millions of people who keep this industry strong: the Faces of Travel.

This industry supports the livelihoods of more than 15 million Americans, whose careers have blossomed. And it is one place where the right things matter most—reliability, hustle and attitude. These are the people who help others connect because hospitality runs in their DNA, fueling the travel industry’s continued success. These are the jobs and the people we should be celebrating.

Planning resources will be available in the next few weeks. We look forward to hearing how you’ll be participating.