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Montana Governor's Conference on Tourism

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Montana Governor's Conference on Tourism
Montana Governor's Conference on Tourism
DOC Gov Conf CONFERENCE
Sun, April 14, 2024 — Tue, April 16, 2024
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THIS EVENT IS 100% FREE!

Tourism is a leading industry in Montana, and it's more than just leisure — it's an opportunity! Set your coordinates for Missoula to celebrate the 50th Annual Montana Governor's Conference on Tourism. The event will feature a variety of sessions that will expand and challenge our thinking, provide direction for the future and supply us with new tools to promote and develop our markets and services. 


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March 27, 2024 @ 11:55 pm
Hilton Garden Inn
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Hilton Garden Inn
3720 North Reserve Street
Missoula, MT  USA
Summary Agenda
AGENDA
Sunday, April 14
1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Check-In
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FAM Tour: Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium Tour
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
FAM Tour: Hotels & Hooligans
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Missoula Fest (Opening Reception)
Monday, April 15
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
Breakfast with Exhibitors
7:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Check-In
7:30 AM to 8:00 AM
First Time Attendee Breakfast
8:15 AM to 8:30 AM
Conference Kick-Off & Opening Remarks
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Featured Presentation: Shift Happens
10:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Break
10:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Relaxation Station
10:15 AM to 11:30 AM
Breakout Sessions
10:15 AM to 11:30 AM
Crisis Communications
10:15 AM to 11:30 AM
Cultural Heritage Entrepreneurship in Indian Country
10:15 AM to 11:30 AM
Montana's Agritourism Potential: Understanding the Unique Attractions of Local Farms and Landscapes
10:15 AM to 11:30 AM
Pathway to Prosperity: Navigating Success with Data
10:15 AM to 11:30 AM
Tourism & Downtowns: The Hot New Power Couple
11:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Break
11:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Relaxation Station
11:45 AM to 12:45 PM
Region Rendezvous Networking Lunch
12:45 PM to 1:45 PM
Regional Fireside Chat
1:45 PM to 2:00 PM
Break
1:45 PM to 2:00 PM
Relaxation Station
2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Breakout Sessions
2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Prepare for the Social Media Shift
2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Reel Influence: The Transformative Power of Film in Shaping Community Dynamics
2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Sports Tourism: a Community and Destination's Home Run!
2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
The 12 Laws of AI
2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
The Montana Traveler: What You Need to Know
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Pre-Social
6:15 PM to 8:15 PM
Tourism Awards Dinner
Tuesday, April 16
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM
Breakfast with the Exhibitors
7:00 AM to 8:30 AM
Help Desk
8:15 AM to 8:45 AM
Day 2 Conference Kick-Off
8:45 AM to 10:15 AM
Featured Presentation: Tourism Experiences from the Landscape
10:15 AM to 10:30 AM
Break
10:15 AM to 10:30 AM
Relaxation Station
10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Pathways to Inclusion: Enhancing Accessibility in Tourism and Recreation
10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Recipe for Resilience
10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Breakout Sessions
10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Casting our Community: Camera Ready in Film
10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Joint Venture (JV) Co-Op Program
10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
Unveiling the Power of Tourism Research: Navigating Insights from Montana for 2024 and Beyond
11:45 AM to 12:00 PM
Break
11:45 AM to 12:00 PM
Relaxation Station
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Networking Lunch
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Behind the Scenes of 'Tomorrow’s Town Today': Filmmaking Meets Community Resilience
2:15 PM to 2:30 PM
Closing Remarks
2:30 PM
Conference Adjourns
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
River Road Tour and Mini Worksop
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Missoula Smokejumper Visitor Center
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Montana Museum of Arts and Culture
Featured Speakers
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Roger Brooks
Destination Development Association
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Mariah Gladstone
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Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Selection Options
US Dollar
Attendee Registration
Attendee Registration
44/370 LEFT $ 300.00 
Hilton Garden Inn
 
Breakout Sponsor
Breakout Sponsor
1/5 LEFT $ 1,500.00 


When you select this, you also get (at no additional charge):
  • Attendee Registration
  • Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium
  • Sunday Reception
  • Monday Awards Dinner
  • Hotels & Hooligans
  • The Smokejumper Center
  • The Montana Museum of Arts and Culture
  • River Road Tour and Mini Worksop
 
Exhibitor
Exhibitor
9/40 LEFT $ 750.00 
Hilton Garden Inn

Complimentary Conference breakfast and lunch for up to 2 persons per exhibitor booth.

 
Student Registration
Student Registration
94/100 LEFT $ 150.00 
Hilton Garden Inn

This rate is only for registrations who are students attending a college or university in the state of Montana. A valid, current student ID must be presented at check-in.



 
Speaker Registration
Speaker Registration
387/400 LEFT  
Hilton Garden Inn
 
 
Bitterroot River Level
Passport Contest Gift Basket
Passport Contest Gift Basket
2/3 LEFT $ 500.00 

Help exhibitors drive booth traffic and generate leads by promoting your brand in exclusive contest prizes. Attendees will use our conference app to enter the contest and three gift baskets filled with local favorites. Prizes will be visible throughout the conference with the sponsor highlighted.

 
 
Other Activities
Sunday Reception
Sunday Reception
 

Join us on Sunday, April 14 from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Caras Park (123 Carousel D for a memorable kickoff reception to commence this year's conference in style. Immerse yourself in an evening filled with engaging conversations, delicious refreshments, and the unique energy of fellow attendees. Don't miss this perfect opportunity to network and set the tone for the insightful sessions ahead. Let's start our conference journey together at this not-to-be-missed gathering!

 
Monday Awards Dinner
Monday Awards Dinner
89/400 LEFT  

Step into a night of celebration and reflection at the Montana Tourism Awards Dinner! As we honor the shining stars of our tourism industry, we invite you to don your best black and gold attire, commemorating 50 golden years of film and tourism in Montana. Your presence will truly add sparkle to this milestone evening!


Sponsored by: Windfall


 
 
Pre-Conference Tours
Hotels & Hooligans
Hotels & Hooligans
1/30 LEFT  
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Sunday Apr 14, 2024 @  03:00:PM  —  04:30:PM MDT

This 90-minute walking tour focuses on daily life and culture in Missoula during the city’s railroad boom, the Hotels & Hooligans Tour looks at how the average Missoulian lived and created. Hotels & Hooligans uncovers the scandals and other sketchiness from the Courthouse to the seedy underbelly of Missoula’s railroad hotel district.

 
 
Post Conference Tours
The Smokejumper Center
The Smokejumper Center
8/32 LEFT  
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Tuesday Apr 16, 2024 @  03:00:PM  —  04:00:PM MDT

The history of Smokejumping has been intertwined with the city of Missoula and the state of Montana since the first smokejumpers took off in a wooden framed, fabric covered aircraft in 1940.

The Missoula Smokejumper Center has been a key part of the wildfire fighting resources in the northwest since 1952 when the Smokejumper Base was constructed. Today the story of the smokejumpers and the other Federal Facilities located on the One Hundred Two acre Aerial Fire Depot is shared with 20,000-30,000 visitors annually at the Smokejumper Visitor Center at the jump base alongside of the Missoula International Airport (Johnson-Bell Field) at 5765 West Broadway, Missoula, MT.


 
River Road Tour and Mini Worksop
River Road Tour and Mini Worksop
0/15 LEFT  
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Tuesday Apr 16, 2024 @  03:00:PM  —  04:00:PM MDT

Join us on River Road for an afternoon exploring local food!  With over 20 sites throughout Missoula, Garden City Harvest provides individuals with the raw materials to grow, cook, and preserve the harvest. Their River Road site gives you a taste of their farms, community gardens, and community gathering space all in one. 

We invite you to participate in a tour followed by a hands-on activity that will deepen your connection to your food and our community.


https://www.gardencityharvest.org/about


 
The Montana Museum of Arts and Culture
The Montana Museum of Arts and Culture
0/20 LEFT  
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Tuesday Apr 16, 2024 @  03:00:PM  —  04:00:PM MDT

Join us for a tour of the brand-new Montana Museum of Arts and Culture! The Montana Museum of Arts and Culture opened its doors in September 2023. The 17,000-square-foot structure displays some of the museum’s most powerful exhibitions. The Batts Gallery houses “Rising from the Ashes: Selections from the Three Chiefs Cultural Center Collection.” Formerly known as the “The People’s Center,” the original building burnt down in an arson fire in 2020. MMAC shows the story of their rise from the ashes and exhibits some of the recovered collection. 


The third floor is organized into central themes: Beliefs, Origins, People, Land, Conflict, Harmony, and Beauty. Through these categories, the museum is curated to describe subjects that are universal to its gathering of art, whether each piece is modern or old, big or small, and made on the land we call Montana or somewhere far away.


 
Name Badges/Laynards
Name Badges/Laynards
0/1 LEFT $ 2,000.00 
 
Tourism Awards Banquet
Tourism Awards Banquet
$ 10,000.00 
 
Speaker Registration
Speaker Registration
 
 
Speaker Registration
Speaker Registration
 
 
Attendee Registration
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