After COVID break of 2 years, Montana tourism is returning
Published on : Thursday, May 19, 2022
A recent report has been unveiled in May which shows estimates of 2021 tourism visitation to Montana. This emphasizes the tourism industry of the state to return slowly to its pre-pandemic levels.
The Institute for Tourism & Recreation Research out of the University of Montana explains that as in 2020, there was tourism drop along with spending because of the pandemic, however, in 2021, there was a noticeable rise in the numbers. The spending in 2021 exceeded that of 2019. Last year, the number of people was little low compared to 2019.
Montana’s travel industry revived rapidly when compared to the rest of the country. Also, it wasn’t as deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The non-resident visitors in 2021 to MT spent an estimated $5.15 billion in the state.
As the economy of Montana is dependent on out-of-state tourism, it proved to be positive news.
The Montana Historical Society’s new building, The Montana Heritage Center, depends a lot on a bed tax to finance their new building.
While sharing views with few downtown Helena businesses, for some, 2020 and 2021 were astonishingly positive years saying it was the mix of local support with tourism dollars helping them to flourish.
Since people in our community are very much supportive, helping our downtown and local businesses as we all were keen to see them stay afloat and continue to live and thrive, says Chelsia Rice, Owner at Montana Book Co.
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