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Montana Launches Tourist Education, Business Safety Programs As Reopening Proceeds

Through the Montana Business Adaptation Program, a single business can receive up to $5,000 in reimbursement for expenses related to keeping staff and customers safe from COVID-19, according to Gov. Steve Bullock.

Friday Flash 5/29/2020 – Your Update from the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development

Reminders/Updates for our Tourism Partners

MEDA Remote Worker Group Call @ Thu Jun 4, 2020 11:15am – 12:15pm (MDT)

The MEDA working group is collaborating to develop marketing and information to encourage these workers to consider Montana and build a support network for teleworkers. 

Gov. Bullock details efforts to support Montana tourism industry during COVID-19 pandemic

Gov. Bullock said on May 19 that “Phase 2” of Montana’s reopening after COVID-19 shutdowns will start June 1 – including the lifting of a required 14-day quarantine for out-of-state visitors.

COVID-19 alters tourism landscape in beautiful Big Sky Country

In 2018, the most recent year data is available, Montana recorded 12.8 million visitors, mostly during the warm months, which supported 59,000 jobs and $1.5 billion in salaries, making tourism one of the state’s leading industries.

Discover Kalispell sees strong rebooking for canceled group business

Thanks to hard work, Medler said cancellations have rescheduled by 80% for this coming fall and 2021, helping offset the loss of revenue in the short term.

MSU researchers conduct research to better understand why young adults choose to move to rural Montana

“There’s a huge misconception that young adults are not actively choosing to live in rural Montana,”

Lifting of quarantine requirement boosting Montana tourism- Travel is Believed to be Link to Outbreak in Ravalli County

Less than 24 hours after Gov. Steve Bullock announced the mandatory quarantine for out-of-state visitors would be lifted June 1, about 100 new reservations for the summer and fall were made at RSVP Motel on North Seventh Avenue in Bozeman.

Newly Rebuilt Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park on Track to Open in July

Despite uncertainty surrounding summer in Glacier, concessioner said no one has canceled reservation to stay at the chalet.           For more information, visit By Justin Franz

The owners of The Historic Murray Hotel in Livingston, Montana have an idea to save the summer tourism season

“We’ve closed the hotel to the general public but we’re having doctors and nurses and caregivers who are afraid to go home and expose their family the ability to stay in the hotel gratis,” Kaul said.