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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 White Sulphur Springs, Montana to provide insight into the impacts tourism has on rural communities. Paper surveys on site were completed by 104 visitors. Results show that 55% of respondents were residents of Montana. Of those Montana residents, 96% were from outside of Meagher County. Visitors spent an average of 6.22 nights away from home and 3.60 of those nights were in the town of White Sulphur Springs. Most spending in White Sulphur Springs was on retail goods and services ($17,731). Respondents to the survey reported a total spending of $64,704 (see Table 3*) in the White Sulphur Springs area. Most visitors stayed in White Sulphur Springs because it was their destination for vacation, recreation, or pleasure but agreed that they visited White Sulphur Springs because it is relaxing, a scenic drive, and less crowded.


White Sulphur Springs


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