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Glacier Country Tourism, the officially recognized tourism region for Western Montana, is inviting the public to participate in townhall meetings and survey to help guide the future of tourism in Western Montana.

The meetings and survey are part of the development of a Destination Stewardship Plan for the eight-county region (Flathead, Glacier, Lake, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli and Sanders counties). The planning will engage residents, community leaders, public 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 preserving the quality of life for residents and quality of place. 

Glacier Country will conduct 16 facilitated sessions (one in person and one virtual town hall for each of the eight counties in Glacier Country) with local residents to discuss gaps and opportunities with regards to the region’s tourism and visitor economy.

Glacier County: In-person session on Friday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Glacier County Library in Cut Bank.

A virtual session is slated for Friday Nov. 19, from 2-4 p.m. To register, go to https://mmgyglobal.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkduGsqD0tH9B-VFoGR9xxq_uI5ZaiFNP6

Resident Survey: 

The online survey is open to anyone who lives in Flathead, Glacier, Lake, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli or Sanders counties, and will identify and gauge residents’ perceptions on a variety of key characteristics with respect to livability, culture, economy and sense of place. The survey can be accessed at glaciermt.com/resident-survey.

“Tourism continues to play a significant role in the future prosperity of our region,” says Racene Friede, President & CEO of Glacier Country Tourism. “However, we must be thoughtful about how the quality of the visitor experience can be balanced with the quality of life for residents; about the types of visitors who would provide maximum financial value to our local communities while having the optimal social and environmental impact, and how we can responsibly grow our tourism industry for the benefit of all in our communities,” she says.

Glacier Country is among the first in the U.S. to dedicate resources for a Destination Stewardship Plan.

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