Kalispell Hosts International Roundup Tourism Tradeshow Event April 8-11

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April 09, 2018
APRIL 8-11, 2018 
Kalispell is the host city for the 2018 international tourism tradeshow event, International Roundup 
(IRU), April 8-11. IRU brings travel planners and tour operators from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, Nordics, Benelux, and Italy who specialize in selling fully inclusive travel itineraries through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and the Dakotas. Kalispell is pleased to host this international tourism event which provides an opportunity to showcase our amazing city and valley and for local tourism businesses to network with the international tour and travel market. 
The 24th annual IRU hosted by Rocky Mountain International (RMI) in conjunction with the Montana Department of Commerce, Glacier Country Regional Tourism, and Discover Kalispell, the Kalispell Convention & Visitor Bureau, is expected to provide a long-term economic boost for this region. The exclusive event includes over 3,600 pre-scheduled appointments connecting over 40 international tour operators from seven countries with over 30 regional destinations, attractions and accommodation from Montana. 
“International visitors are known to stay longer and spend more than domestic visitors, which makes them a valuable market for the tourism economy,” said Montana Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote. “Hosting this event is a big opportunity to highlight Montana’s incredible landscape, hospitality, and authentic experiences in a way that will have a direct impact on bringing travelers from overseas and into our Main Street businesses.” 
“We are thrilled to be back in Glacier Country Montana! With the “Crown of the Continent” as a backdrop, Kalispell is an ideal destination and launching pad for international visitors who want to experience The Real America,” said Mathias Jung, CEO, RMI. “Unlike most conventions and conferences, hosting IRU will result in substantial follow up business opportunities and can impact the bottom line of the state, community, and host property for years to come.” 
During their time in the Kalispell area tour operators will experience tourism products first-hand on familiarization tours. The event kicks off with a welcome reception at the Conrad Mansion followed by a visit to Glacier National Park and an activity vendor showcase at Glacier Outdoor Center.  Attendees then experience a rodeo at the Majestic Valley Arena, an evening reception at the Museum at Central School and a banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn which also features a local activity vendor showcase.  Meetings and networking appointments are held at the Red Lion Hotel Kalispell.  
International visitors stay on the average of 5.35 nights.  Average trip expenditures are $956.83, higher than domestic visitors at $698.03 (Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research).   
Within the RMI network, 387 tour operators offer product in Montana which generated an estimated 21,148 overnight rooms from international travelers in Kalispell during 2016 (RMI’s proprietary T.R.I.P. report). 
To learn more about International Roundup, visit www.internationalroundup.com 

About Rocky Mountain International 
Rocky Mountain International (RMI), headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyo., specializes in international tourism marketing and business development for the Rocky Mountain region. RMI is contracted by the state tourism departments of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming to form a regional international tourism co-op – The Real America. The international marketing program is designed to promote and develop individual and group travel, pre-packaged tours, and convention and incentive tours in seven major international inbound tourism markets including; the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, France, Italy, Benelux, and Nordics. For more information about RMI, visit RMIMarketing.com.

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