Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research
The state of Montana’s economy is dependent on out-of-state tourist spending. Despite nearly all of second quarter spending having halted due to the pandemic, and both Glacier and Yellowstone National Park visitation being dramatically lower than 2019, July figures indicate that visitation to Yellowstone National Park is actually 2% higher than last year. It is clear that travel has begun to increase again in some areas of the state during third quarter. The purpose of this report was to analyze and synthesize open ended responses written by tourism-related business owners and managers on a COVID-19 survey as it pertains to Montana, and their business operations, concerns, and challenges.
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