Glacier Country Tourism, the officially recognized tourism region for Western Montana, invites the public to participate in community meetings and surveys to help shape the future of tourism in Western Montana.
“Tourism continues to play an important role in the future prosperity of our region,” says Racene Friede, President & CEO of Glacier Country Tourism. “However, we need to think about how the quality of the visitor experience can be reconciled with the quality of life of the residents; about the types of visitors who will provide our local communities with the maximum financial value while having the best social and environmental impact, and how we can responsibly develop our tourism industry for the benefit of all in our communities. “
The meetings and surveys are part of developing a Destination Stewardship Plan for the eight counties (Flathead, Glacier, Lake, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli, and Sanders Counties) region. Planning will involve local residents, community leaders, officials and industry stakeholders over a 12-month process. The plan will create a strategic vision for the future of Glacier Country’s visitor economy to ensure its economic sustainability while maintaining the quality of life of the residents and the quality of the place.
A personal Flathead County Town Hall meeting will be held Thursday, November 4th, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Cedar Creek Lodge in Columbia Falls. The meeting offers residents the opportunity to
Discuss gaps and opportunities related to tourism and the visitor economy in the region.
A virtual town hall for Flathead County will be conducted Thursday, November 18, from 10am to 12pm. The schedule and registration for the town hall meeting can be found at Glaciermt.com/town-hall.
The online survey is open to anyone who lives in the Glacier Country tourist districts and will measure and evaluate residents’ perceptions of a variety of key characteristics related to quality of life, culture, economy and local feel. The survey can be accessed at Glaciermt.com/resident-survey.