Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana http://kufm.org en Measuring the impact of national parks on Montana's economy, hint: its really big http://kufm.org/post/measuring-impact-national-parks-montanas-economy-hint-its-really-big <p></p><p></p><p>Out of town travelers make up the vast majority of visitors to national parks and they dump a whole lot of money into local economies.</p><p>Nationwide that number is $13.9-billion for 2012. These are the findings released by the National Park Service in a report that details the economic impact of national parks.</p><p>Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell hosted a conference call with reporters Monday. She said the report helps her make the case for funding parks.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:41:11 +0000 Katrin Frye 15749 at http://kufm.org Measuring the impact of national parks on Montana's economy, hint: its really big Montana tourism strong last year, hopes high for 2014 http://kufm.org/post/montana-tourism-strong-last-year-hopes-high-2014 <p>Research shows 2013 was a good year for Montana tourism and early signs suggest another positive year's in store for the industry.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This according to the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana.</p><p> ITRR director, Norma Nickerson, says Montana's tourism-driven businesses seem optimistic about what's in store for 2014.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In this interview with Edward O'Brien, Nickerson discusses these generally positive trends and the factors used to determine them.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 20:43:28 +0000 Edward O'Brien 13406 at http://kufm.org Montana tourism strong last year, hopes high for 2014 What our non-resident guests think of Montana... http://kufm.org/post/what-our-non-resident-guests-think-montana <p>Most people visiting Montana - and who chose to participate in a recent survey - seem to have overwhelmingly positive comments about their experience here. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:00:14 +0000 Edward O'Brien 7483 at http://kufm.org What our non-resident guests think of Montana...