BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A new report says summer fires cost the state of Montana $240 million in visitor spending.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports preliminary date released by the University of Montana’s Institute for Tourism and Recreational Research estimates that tourists spent almost $3.3 billion in Montana this year, supporting more than 53,000 jobs.
According to the institute’s report released Tuesday, both numbers would have been higher if it had not been for a series of summer fires.
The report says for every 100 visitors to the state over the summer, about nine cancelled their trips due to the smoke or fire.
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The report estimates Montana lost roughly 800,000 visitors from July through September — equating to more than $240 million spending.
Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com