MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Montana Office of Tourism
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pam Gosink, Sales & Constituent Services Bureau Chief, Montana Office of Tourism, (406) 841-2894
Ronja M. Abel, Communications Director, Montana Department of Commerce, (406) 841-2557
Montana Office of Tourism to Host Tourism and Brand Workshop in Paradise, Montana on March 27th
(Helena, MT) – The Montana Office of Tourism (MTOT) is bringing its tourism and brand workshop, Coming Together to Expand Montana’s Tourism Story, to the Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort in Paradise on Thursday, March 27. This free workshop is an outreach effort to assist businesses in Glacier Country to bolster their ability to attract and retain visitors to their area, learn about how to leverage social media sites and to share best practices.
“Tourism is one of Montana’s leading industries and a key economic driver for the state, and out-of-state visitors to Glacier Country spent over $714.4 million in 2012*” said Jeri Duran, Administrator of the Montana Office of Tourism. “This workshop will help businesses acquire the tools and knowledge necessary to help draw these travelers to their specific businesses.”
The workshop will include an overview of MTOT’s efforts to support and promote tourism both statewide and in Glacier Country, brainstorming sessions to discuss how the area can draw more visitors annually, a presentation on the Department of Commerce’s Montana Main Street Program, and an overview of MTOT’s digital assets, including websites, mobile sites, apps, and social media channels.
The workshop will be held at the Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 13. There is no cost to attend, however interested parties are encouraged to register in advance for the workshop. Please register at http://j.mp/ParadiseWorkshop or call Julie Walker at the Montana Office of Tourism at (406) 841-2887.
9:00 am - Noon: Marketing Montana & MTOT Branding
Noon - 1:00 pm: Lunch courtesy of MTOT
1:00 pm. - 1:45 pm: Montana Main Street Program
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm: Social Media Tips
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm: Navigating VisitMT.com/GetLostMT.com
MTOT will also be holding random drawings at the workshop – for every 20 attendees, MTOT will sponsor one complimentary registration to the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation (including lodging). One person will also be selected to receive an iPad Mini to help utilize tools and tips presented at the workshop (must be present to win).
For more information regarding the Tourism and Brand workshop, contact the Montana Office of Tourism at (406) 841-2894.
*Source: Institute for Tourism & Recreation Research, http://www.itrr.umt.edu