Posted: Sep 15, 2012 7:07 AM by MTN News
Updated: Sep 14, 2012 9:47 PM
BUTTE- The Butte-Silver Bow Convention and Visitors Bureau is on a mission to have more money flowing into local businesses with tourism dollars.
"Almost every sector benefits from tourism and we see that with the different festivals that we have here. We see that with tournaments that come in. We just want to see more of that," says Butte-Silver Bow Convention and Visitors Bureau President Maria Pochervina.
The bureau is getting a little help from one industry in particular. Hotel lodging is playing a big role in marketing the Butte-Silver Bow area.
The local Tourism Business Improvement District receives $1 every time a hotel room is rented while a 7% hotel bed tax also helps to fund tourism. A portion of that tax is used towards promoting the area out of state.
"The extra monies collected by those two taxes help us to keep up with other cities in the state and help us to remain competitive in bringing tourists to this area," says Hampton Inn General Manager Kelly Smith.
"Now we have a pot of money where we can actually go after groups, events, tournaments and just bring more people to this community," adds Pochervina.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau now has a marketing plan in place to visit shows in outside markets like Calgary to attract people to the area.
The Montana Tavern Association Convention is scheduled to be in Butte in 2013.