Every aspect of Eastern Montana’s economy feels the force of the Bakken energy boom, including the hospitality and tourism industry.
Al Sargent, chairman of Hardin’s Little Bighorn Days Committee, can barely contain his enthusiasm.
Just how well is Montana’s tourism industry doing in the middle of a year replete with economic uncertainty?
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…
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.
It’s time for the name “Custer Country” to go the way of the 7th Cavalry commander, a five-member committee of the southeast Montana tourism region has concluded.
Custer may once again be fighting a losing battle.
Nick Mann, Custer Country's marketing/PR manager, has been selected as one of the Destination Marketing Association International's inaugural "30 Under 30" destination marketing professionals.
All indications but one — rapidly rising gasoline prices — bode well for a resurgence of Montana's tourism industry in 2011.
Billings-area business news headlines
When Custer Country's promotions contract went to the Billings Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau in September, some in the southeast Montana tourism region feared domination by Billings.
The Billings Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau, managing organization for the Custer Country Montana Tourism Region, announced the appointments of regional liaisons (a "Leadership Committee" and future board of directors) and the hiring of new staff.