Office of Tourism News February 2014

Montana Tourism Industry News

February 2014

Invisible Sales, Sharing Success, Content Factories – All Topics at 2014 MT Tourism Conference

Want to know how to engage the self-educating consumer? Need help keeping content current (and compelling) on your website, Facebook, Instagram and other communication channels? Had a tourism project success you want to share with your …

MTOT Announces New Tourism Awards Categories

The Montana Office of Tourism is shaking up the 2014 Montana Tourism Awards with new categories more closely related to MTOT’s programs. Co-op Partner of the Year  (Eligible nominees include entities that have partnered with …

2014 VIC Grant Program Applications Open

MTOT’s Visitor Services Program is currently taking applications for the 2014 Visitor Information Center (VIC) Grant Program. The VIC staff funding assistance program will offer up to $8,000 to ten nonprofit organizations that currently …

Montana Office of Tourism Awards e-Marketing Grants to Nine Tourism Organizations

Tourism organizations from eight Montana communities will be able to move forward with new e-marketing projects thanks to recent funding awards made by the Montana Office of Tourism (MTOT) at the Montana Department of Commerce. MTOT …

Montana 2014 – 2015 Official Guidebook Now Available

The Montana Office of Tourism (MTOT) is helping travelers “Step out of bounds” this summer and “Go deeper” in the winter to experience their own Montana moment with the 2014–2015 Official Guidebook, now available for …

Montana Tourism News Website Re-Launches

The Montana Office of Tourism recently re-launched, your best source for information about Montana’s tourism industry. The updated website features a new design with improved navigation.  Montana Tourism News is organized into the …

MTOT Hires New Public Information Officer

Daniel Iverson is the Montana Office of Tourism’s new Public Information Officer. He will be responsible for developing MTOT’s in-state outreach, public information, and media relations programs. Daniel’s background is a mix of …

Montana History Foundation Announces $75,000 in Preserve Montana Grant Funds Available for Montana Community-Based History Projects

The Montana History Foundation (MHF), a statewide nonprofit committed to the preservation of Montana’s past, is proud to offer grants from our Preserve Montana Fund to protect the historic legacy of communities across the state …

Montana State Parks Announces 2013 Annual Visitation Highest Visitation on Record

Montana State Parks ( has announced that the 2013 annual visitation numbers are the highest on record, with more than 2,112,000 visits to Montana’s 54 state parks from January – December 2013 …

Convenient and Valuable Montana Hospitality Training – at Your Fingertips!

“Very useful!” “Amazing Videos.” “Wonderful generational map.” “A great tool.” Take time to experience this online, self-paced, engaging training – available 24/7/365 and free of charge. With a click, you are there: …

Upcoming Webinars from eLearningU

The Montana Office of Tourism’s eLearningU webinars are presented every Thursday from noon to 1:00 PM and are free to MTOT partners. Webinars also are recorded and may be viewed later if you’re …

Calendar of Events (Feb-Mar 2014)

February 15–23: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival – Missoula February 19–20: Brand workshop – Billings March 1: Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant deadline March 6–7: Region/CVB meeting – Helena March 12–13: Brand workshop …
Office of Tourism News February 2014


(HELENA) – Great Falls Mayor Michael Winters has officially proclaimed this week, Made in Montana Week, to recognize the annual Made in Montana Marketplace taking place March 25-26 at the Mansfield Convention Center.
Presented by the City of Great Falls and the Montana Department of Commerce, the two-day trade show brings together producers of Made in Montana products with wholesale buyers from throughout the region.
“Montana’s legendary natural beauty, spectacular landscapes, majestic mountain ranges and expansive, open skies are reflected in the goods created here and sold at the Made in Montana Marketplace,” said Winters.
With 111 booths, and hundreds of products, the show is perfectly timed to connect exhibitors showcasing their Montana-made goods with wholesale buyers looking to purchase products for their spring and summer seasons.  
Exhibitors from 36 different Montana communities produce goods that range from jewelry, fine handcrafts and personal care products, to wine, art, photography and souvenirs. A list of exhibitors scheduled to attend the Marketplace – along with their products – can be found at the Marketplace website:
Wholesale buyers can also register at the Marketplace website free of charge. Buyers represent a wide range of resellers, including department stores, grocery stores, gift shops and state and national park stores across Montana and the region.
The first day of the show is open to registered wholesale buyers only, while Saturday is open to the general public for $3 per person 12 and older.
Johna Wilcox of Wendt Integrated Communications, a buyer from Great Falls, said the company looks for products for their tourism-related clients when attending the Marketplace, “We’re proud to represent Montana by supporting the Made in Montana Week,” said Wilcox.
The Montana Department of Commerce and the Montana Department of Agriculture started the original Made in Montana Food & Gift Show in 1998. In 2004, funding for the show was cut. The Schweitzer Administration restored funding to help sponsor the rebirth of the show in 2005. In 2006, the City of Great Falls assumed production of the show and renamed it the Made in Montana Marketplace. The Department of Commerce remains a primary partner and sponsor of the Marketplace. The Department of Agriculture and Montana Arts Council are contributing partners.
Other sponsors include All American Pharmaceuticals, Big Sky Commerce, Bresnan Communication, Color World Printers, Fatmoose Media, Great Falls Tribune, LaQuinta Inn and Suites, PPL Montana, Quality Inn, Slingshot Creative Group, and The Country Register.
To learn more about the 2011 Marketplace, call (406) 455-8510 or visit the Marketplace website,

Marissa P. Kozel
Communications Director, Director’s Office
Montana Department of Commerce
406-841-2772 (o)
406-465-7208 (c)