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From the Editor: Maybe you didn't think about this Montana industry as an export

One of the most important Made in Montana exports doesn’t involve loading commodities on trains, jumbo jets or pipelines. In fact, this product is consumed without ever leaving the state.

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Comments sought on transportation study

A new study conducted by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation found there is a demand for public transportation to and from trailheads as well as river- and lake-access sites throughout the Top 10 Scenic Drives …

June 16, 2014 4:57 pmLoading…
Study: Cycle tourists contribute to local economy

Study: Cycle tourists contribute to local economy

A recent study by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana found that cycle tourists spend about $79 per day, compared to $58.24 in daily expenditures for non-resident travelers who arrived by car or other means.

May 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Tourism keeps Bozeman eateries cooking

Tourism keeps Bozeman eateries cooking

The restaurant economy in this quaint Rocky Mountain community never captures front-page headlines like Oracle or Big Sky Resort, but without a doubt, the industry is sizzling.

December 22, 2013 5:15 am Photos

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Montana's economy sees stronger growth in 2013

Montana's economy sees stronger growth in 2013

If Cal Kunkel were playing baccarat in Las Vegas, instead of building apartments in Billings, he’d definitely be a high roller.

December 22, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Almost 90 percent of nonresident visitors give Montana a good review

Almost 90 percent of nonresident visitors give Montana a good review

Nearly 90 percent of unsolicited comments submitted by visitors to the state gave Montana positive reviews, making special note of the state’s open space and the friendliness of its residents.

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Guest opinion: Let’s recognize value of Montana’s tourism industry

Guest opinion: Let’s recognize value of Montana’s tourism industry

If 2013 is like last year, Montanans can expect to welcome more than 5 million travelers this summer and close to 11 million throughout the full year. This is great news for thousands of small businesses around the state.

May 09, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Record number of tourists, spending in Montana in 2012

Record number of tourists, spending in Montana in 2012

WHITEFISH – More tourists flocked to Montana in 2012 than in any previous year in state history, according to recent research from the University of Montana, while the amount of money out-of-state visitors spent was also unprecedented.

April 21, 2013 11:05 am Photos

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Survey puts dollar figure to Beartooth Highway

Survey puts dollar figure to Beartooth Highway

RED LODGE — It didn’t surprise Bob Thomas that the Beartooth All-American Road generates an estimated $13.6 million and 176 jobs from nonresident summer visitors to this mountain town and surrounding Carbon County.

March 13, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Lodging tax dollars up in Billings, across state

Billings hotels and motels collected 21 percent more revenue from the lodging tax from July 2011 through June, compared with the same 12 months last year.

October 23, 2012 3:30 pmLoading…
Gazette opinion: Montana richer for welcoming 10.5 million visitors

Gazette opinion: Montana richer for welcoming 10.5 million visitors

Montanans are outnumbered 10 to 1 by their out-of-state visitors. That demand for hospitality is highly profitable for our sparsely populated state.

July 31, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bed tax is 25 years old

Before the year is out, tourism experts say, 10.5 million out-of-state visitors will journey to or through Montana, dropping somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 billion. About 2 million of those visitors will hit Billings and about half of them will spend a night here, according to a study c…

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Tourists adjusting to high gas prices, analysts say

Tourists adjusting to high gas prices, analysts say

Gas prices steadily climbing toward $4 a gallon may mean that the 10.5 million or more tourists expected to visit Montana this year will spend less on souvenirs and restaurants and book cheaper hotels.

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Gazette opinion: Tourism investment pays off big for Montana

Most of the 10-million-plus visitors to Montana will arrive after our snow is gone. But Montana businesses and tourism organizations want Montanans to start thinking now about how important the travel industry is to our state.

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Gazette opinion: Plain name best for tourism region

More than 10 million people from outside Montana visit our great state every year. Among those visitors, 39 percent were primarily vacationers traveling in 1.6 million groups through our state.

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Beartooth Highway supporters turn to UM for economic study

CODY, Wyo. — Friends of the Beartooth All American Road has asked a University of Montana research group to conduct a study of the economic benefits the highway brings to surrounding communities.

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Free wheelin': After kids are gone, baby boomers take to open road

Free wheelin': After kids are gone, baby boomers take to open road

Dick Russell took his first spin on a motorcycle — a Harley-Davidson borrowed from an uncle — more than 40 years ago

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