States Invest in the Outdoor Recreation by Opening Offices Dedicated to the Sector’s Growth
Montana created the Office of Outdoor Recreation within the state’s Office of Economic Development in 2017.
“A lot of people are surprised when I give them statistics and numbers about the outdoor recreation economy in Montana,” said Rachel VandeVoort, director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation. “Outdoor recreation represents over 5 percent of our economy and $70 billion in annual consumer spending in Montana, and creates more than 71,000 jobs.”
Glacier Country Tourism is working to change that American bad habit by participating in a national initiative launched by the U.S. Travel Association to encourage employees to take full advantage of their paid vacation days.
These awards recognize outstanding accomplishments of the people, businesses, organizations and communities that strengthen Montana’s tourism and recreation industries. Nominations are open until February 16, 2020.