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Montana Tourism Office Seeks to Expand Whitefish Visitation

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KALISPELL -  The Montana Office of Tourism held a branding workshop in Whitefish to help increase the city's visitation numbers.

In 2012 The Whitefish Visitors Bureau reported 1.3 million visitors spent their summer in Flathead County. 700,000 of those tourists vacationed, drove or shopped in the City of Whitefish. During Tuesday's workshop both state and visitor bureau staff members brain-stormed creative ideas to help increase visitation for the summer season. The group spoke about offering affordable vacation packages as well as promoting new restaurants and shopping venues through social media.

"They have to work together share the love amongst all the businesses and there group and create a doable itinerary for a visitor and that helps them think outside the box that yes we want them to come to whitefish  but they're going to go through some part of Montana to get here," Sales Chief Pam Gosink said.

Visitors Bureau Officials say they are hopeful to draw more tourists to Whitefish as Glacier National Park opens the west side of the Going-to-the- Sun Road this Friday.

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