“There may be no better working conditions on the planet than September in Montana.”
- Safra Catz, President and CFO of Oracle
Turn your favorite vacation destination into your new office. It’s no secret Montana is an amazing place to visit any time of yearbut it may be surprising how powerful the tourism industry is for Montana’s economy. If measured as a service export, travel & tourism would be the #3 export for Montana, following bulk grain and mineral fuels. That means communities across the state are seeing stronger bottom lines and more prosperous Main Streets because of the world-class ski resorts, blue ribbon fly-fishing streams, and endless hiking and biking trails we enjoy in our backyards.
The number of visitors drawn to Montana from around the globe is also a great indicator of the role Montana’s open spaces and access to recreation can play in helping Montana businesses recruit and retain top talent. In fact, according to a 2013 study conducted by Business for Montana’s Outdoors (link), 70% of business owners say “the Montana outdoor lifestyle” was a factor in deciding to locate or expand their business in Montana, and 89% say national parks, forests and wildlife areas are an essential part of Montana’s economy.
- Over 11 million people visited in 2013
- Visitors spent approzimately $3.62 billion
- Directly supports 30,000 jobs
- Indirectly supports 15,000 jobs