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Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research

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This study was a collaborative effort between the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research and the community of Thompson Falls, Montana to provide insight into the impacts tourism has on rural communities. Paper surveys on site were completed by 122 visitors. Results show that 34% of respondents were residents of Montana. Of those Montana residents, 95% were from outside of Sanders County. Visitors spent an average of 5.66 nights away from home and 2.01 of those nights were in the town of Thompson Falls. Most spending in Thompson Falls was on hotel/motel/B&B/cabin rental ($7,062). Respondents to the survey reported a total spending of $26,321 in the Thompson Falls area. Most visitors stayed in Thompson Falls because it was their destination for vacation, recreation, or pleasure but agreed that they visited Thompson Falls because it is relaxing, quiet, and a scenic drive. Results provide the Thompson Falls community with useful data for future planning, marketing/promotion, and understanding the visitor spending associated with visitation.


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