Montana Tourism Industry Gets an Upgrade

Six Montana communities earn a tourism industry improvement grant

By: By Portia Seautelle

The tourism industry in Montana recently got an upgrade with the help of its Tourism Infrastructure Investment Program (TIIP). The Montana Department of Commerce will award a $300,000 grant from TIIP to tourism projects in six Montana communities. The awards will take the form of improvements and completions to tourism-related facilities.

The six projects awarded grants include; the Museum of the Rockies, the International Choral Festival, the Helena Presents/Myrna Loy Center, the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, the Yellowstone Art Museum and the Rialto Community Theatre, Inc.

The grant was approved by the Montana Department of Commerce Director Anthony Preite and was awarded through a competitive application project. The six recipients were chosen from a pool of 37 applicants and were chosen for their “key facilities that help their communities remain vibrant, charming and attractive to visitors seeking quality experiences” said Betsy Baumgart, Administrator for Travel Montana.

The state hopes that with this funding, revenues through tourism will increase by providing an “authentic Montana experience” for visitors that will entice them to “stay in our communities longer and spend more of their dollars on Montana’s main streets” said Governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer.