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Tourism Panel Wants More International Visitors In Montana

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With five major airports and two national parks, the question circulating around the tourism panel was how to attract more international visitors to Montana.

The largest group of visitors to the United States comes from Asia, China and India specifically.

There isn't enough data to determine where those people are going once they get to the U.S.

But, panel members said, because only three percent of Montana's flights are international, not many are coming here.

Allegiant Airlines' director of airport planning Keith Hansen pointed out, Montana sees a different demographic of international visitors, Canadians.

"We are seeing them come down and spend a night or two in Montana and then take a flight on us or another airline to avoid taxes and fees they have to pay in Canada," said Hansen.

Delta Airlines officials said they notice that trend more in New York than in Montana.

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