Published on : Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Newly-released numbers from the University of Montana’s Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research shows the number of people visiting Montana from out-of-state remained relatively the same.
But, they’re spending more during their travels. In fact, they are spending 10-percent more than in 2017. Associate Director Jeremy Sage says, people are choosing to spend their extra money on experiences, like guided rafting trips, rather than souvenirs, and those experiences tend to cost more.
The Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks are a big draw for visitors, he says. Without those iconic parks bringing recognition to Montana, our economy would not be bolstered nearly as much.
And the numbers prove it. In Glacier National Park, people spent one-point-two billion dollars, supporting one-point-five billion dollars in economic activity. The one-point-one billion dollars spent in Yellowstone National Park supported one-point-four billion dollars in economic activity.
Gallatin County received more than 814-million dollars in tourist spending, followed by Flathead County at 614-million dollars, Missoula County 307-million, and Yellowstone County 270-million dollars.
Tune in to the Kulr-8 News at 10 for a full breakdown of the numbers.