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Preliminary 2018 Nonresident Traveler Expenditures
Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research

A proposal to add an additional 1 percent to the resort tax that nine Montana towns are allowed to levy got initial approval Monday.

The 1 percent optional resort tax increase passed its first vote in the Senate 33-16. The tax would fund infrastructure projects in tourism-impacted towns.

Glacier Park's Lake McDonald.
Glacier National Park (PD)

Yellowstone National Park reports that it experienced another busy year last year. The park recorded over 4.1 million visits. That’s a 0.04-percent decrease from 2017 and a 3.5 percent decrease from the record-breaking year in 2016. It was the third busiest year on record.

Wyoming Bill Allows Takeover Of National Parks During Shutdown

Feb 6, 2019
Yellowstone National Park sign.
Flickr user lance_mountain (CC-BY-NC-ND)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Proposed legislation that would allow the state of Wyoming to take over operation of Yellowstone National Park and other federal facilities during a federal government shutdown has been approved by the state Senate.

Senate File 148 passed on a 17-12 vote Wednesday and now goes to the state House of Representatives for further debate.

Tourists at the Apgar Visitor Center in Glacier National Park.
GlacierNPS (PD)

Montana saw a small decline in out-of-state visitors in 2018, but an increase in overall tourism spending.

Jeremy Sage is the assistant director of the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana, which released the report.

Yellowstone Reports More Than 4 Million Visits In 2018

Dec 18, 2018
Tourists at Yellowstone Park's Grand Prismatic Spring.
Jacob W. Frank - National Parks Service (PD)

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Figures show that November was not an abnormally busy month for Yellowstone National Park.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports park statisticians estimate the park had about 13,849 visits during the month, about a 3,000-visit increase over November 2017.

Montana's outdoor recreation activities.
Outdoor Recreation And Montana's Economy report, Headwaters Economics.

A growing set of business owners, non-profits and agencies in Montana are trying to expand what we think of when we talk about the economic value of the outdoors here.

Marne Hayes is the executive director for Business for Montana’s Outdoors, a group that advocates for preserving Montana’s outdoor heritage. She says Montana itself — its rivers, forests and wide open spaces — offers a competitive advantage for attracting new businesses and a talented workforce to Montana.

Number of resident trips and spending to travel regions, 2017.
University of Montana Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research

Montanans spent more than $2.8 billion on in-state trips last year according to a new report from the University of Montana’s Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research.

The study looked at day and overnight trips for leisure, business, and other reasons that took people at least 50 miles away from their homes.

Yellowstone visitors line up at the park's north entrance outside of Gardiner, MT.
Yellowstone National Park (PD)

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A recent report says visitors to Yellowstone National Park spent nearly $500 million last year in neighboring towns to the wilderness recreation area.

Revenue generated from the increased gas tax Montana lawmakers passed last year collected more than $6 million in its first four months.
Rusty Clark (CC-BY-NC-2)

Gasoline is getting more expensive and prices are expected to climb even higher for the summer driving season. Edward O’Brien reports on what kind of an impact that could have on Montana’s summer tourism industry.

Snowmobilers in Yellowstone National Park
PD

It’s the last chance for oversnow travel for skiers and snowmobilers in Yellowstone National Park this season.

Roads in the park began closing Thursday to make way for the plows that need to clear feet of packed snow in preparation for summer tourism.

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