Contact Us

Tourism Benefits Every Aspect of Montana Business [AUDIO]

Glacier Park
photo courtesy of Loco Steve/

A new study by the University of Montana Institute for Tourism and Economic Research shows that non-resident travel supported jobs in every business sector in Montana.

Preliminary 2012 estimates show a 5.7 percent increase from 2011 in travel-generated employment to exceed 41,000 jobs for Montana residents. The nonresident travel industry in Montana comprises 6.2 percent of the state’s total employment, making it the fifth largest employer, following just behind construction, which contributes 6.4 percent of total employment.

Institute Director Norma Nickerson says these numbers show that the large dollar amount of $3.2 billion dropped in our state by nonresident visitors supplies many jobs beyond the typical travel job of hotels, restaurants, airlines and gas stations. In fact, Nickerson says 17 percent of Montana’s workforce has personal income that is partially or entirely due to travelers visiting our state. These are Montanan’s working in positions such as finance, construction, agriculture, information technology and more.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, tourist spending in Montana equals to $3,192 for every person living in the state. This ranks Montana sixth in the nation for per capita spending by traveler.

Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research Director Norma Nickerson

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of the Blaze

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The Blaze Rock Mob quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The Blaze Rock Mob contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.