2018 May Monthly Luncheon: Tourism Defined– Attractions, Accommodations, Access, and Advertising
Attractions, Accommodations, Access, and Advertising: these factors are what’s important to creating a vibrant year-round tourism economy that provides measurable economic impact to our community. As reported by the Institute for Tourism & Recreation Research (ITRR), in 2017, 12.45M non-resident visitors spent $3.36B in the state, and, in 2016, 2.3M non-resident visitors spent $505M in Flathead County.
This luncheon will look at the intersection of tourism, outdoor recreation, and public land.
Outdoor Recreation is the link between residents and visitors. It’s what attracts visitors to our area, and, for many of us, why we live here. In her article, Outdoor Recreation Driving Population Boom in Rural Areas, Jen Fifield says, “ Western rural counties with more protected public land have higher income levels and faster economic growth, according to a 2012 study by Headwaters Economics, a nonprofit research organization based in Bozeman, Montana.”
Rob Ratkowski, Airport Director, will discuss plans for the proposed upcoming terminal expansion at GPIA.
Luncheon sponsor: Glacier Park International Airport.
Additional speakers include:
Dax Schieffer, Director of Voices of Montana Tourism, to discuss the Kalispell/Flathead Valley tourism economy and the importance of travel promotion to grow and sustain a tourism economy. Dax will highlight data from the Institute of Tourism and Recreation Research and Headwaters Economics.
Ryan Weiss, Montana’s Public Access Specialist at the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), to discuss how DNRC is adapting to the growing need for recreation access for diverse uses in winter and warm seasons, highlighting local projects.
Menu: Southern Chicken Picnic
Crispy country fried chicken, cauliflower au gratin, garlic smashed potatoes w/ country gravy, fresh baked rolls w/ butter.