Category Archives: Tourism

Director’s Blog: Eastern Idaho Adventures

Summer has arrived! On one of my trips to Eastern Idaho recently, I had the opportunity to do more than just meet with local businesses, elected officials, and economic development partners. I was able to see the eastern part of our state in a whole new light and am so excited to share with you […]

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ESTO 2015: Defining the Travel Experience

By Andrea Rayburn, Tourism Specialist The U.S. Travel Association’s Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations brought more than 800 travel ambassadors, trendsetters and innovators from across the U.S. to Portland August 22-25th. This national forum had its largest attendance since its creation 32 years ago. The four day event brings state tourism offices, destination marketers and […]

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Idaho Tourism Q2 2013 Lodging Report

For the first four months of Fiscal Year 2014, Idaho lodging properties and private campgrounds outperformed the first four months of FY 2013 by a whopping 8.7 percent. Southwest Idaho showed exceptionally strong growth over the same period last year with a 4-month gain of 13.9 percent. Eastern Idaho wasn’t far behind with growth of […]

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Report Estimates Backcountry Winter Recreation Contributes $22.5 Million Annually to Teton-West Yellowstone Economy

Jackson, Wyo. (November 20, 2013) — A new study from Jackson economist Mark Newcomb estimates that human-powered backcountry winter recreation in Grand Teton National Park, parts of the Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee National Forests, and the Rendezvous Ski Trails in West Yellowstone contributes $22.5 million annually to the region’s economy. Newcomb and colleague Karl Meyer conducted […]

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Social Media Audit Offers Hints to Help Your Business

The Idaho Division of Tourism is constantly looking for ways to improve our effectiveness, especially when it comes to getting the message out. Social media has become an integral part of this strategy in recent years. With this mission in mind, we recently enlisted the services of Think! Social Media to audit our social media strategy. […]

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Changes at the Idaho Division of Tourism

From Idaho Commerce Director Jeff Sayer: “The Department of Commerce has recently announced a new organizational structure to support the agency’s ultimate goals and objectives of making the state of Idaho among the top states in the nation for doing business. Unfortunately, one element of this organizational change is that the Tourism Administrator, Karen Ballard, […]

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2013: A Summer of Success

Nothing but good news to report for lodging sales during the prime tourism season 2013. Lodging tax receipts for the months June-September, which represent sales for the months May-August came in a whopping 9.23 percent over the same months in 2012. The cumulative tax collection for these four months totaled $8,245,217.54, while the comparable figure […]

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