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Jehovah's Witness Convention Brings in $2M to Missoula

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A Jehovah's Witnesses convention is expected to bring 5,500 people to Missoula this weekend, giving the community a $2 million boost in tourism.

Tourism Business Improvement District and Destination Missoula employees said they helped subsidize some of the rental fees the Jehovah's Witness group typically couldn't afford to pay in the past.

They said that financial assistance, a fund from the city's $2 hotel bed tax, helped seal a deal with the group to use the Adam's Center for the convention every Memorial Day weekend for the next five years.

TBID employees said this influx of people will provide a big boost to the local economy on a traditionally slow weekend for tourism through hotel, restaurant and gas station sales.

Mary Holmes, Marketing Director for Destination Missoula, said, "I think this is a primary example of what the Tourism Business Improvement District and Destination Missoula are all about and what we're trying to do, and with the available funds that we have to offer up -- different grants and whatnot -- I think Missoula can expect to see more pieces of business like that come to our community."

The first convention takes place on Saturday at the Adam's Center.

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