The Economic Impact of Tourism in Montana

The impact of non-resident travel has been researched by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research (ITRR) at the University of Montana since 1987. Additionally, the U.S. Travel Association measures the impact of tourism in each state, and the National Park Service measures visitor statistics and the economic impact of Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park on local communities.

In 2018, Montana’s over 12.4 million non-resident visitors:

  • spent $3.7 billion 
  • directly supported 44,670 jobs statewide
  • generated $230 million in state & local taxes
  • lowered taxes on each Montana household by over $545


2018 Nonresident Travel Economic Impacts & Expenditures 2018 Economic Contribution of Nonresident Travel Spending - Regions & Counties
MT Trends: Consumer Confidence: Expectations for Income, Travel and Recreation Power of Travel: U.S. Travel Industry Impact 2018
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Resident Travel in Montana National Park Visitor Statistics
Montana Tourism Trends and Forecasting Montana Lodging Tax Collections by State, Region, CVB and County