Economic groups eye Idaho tourism growth

FORT HALL — Idaho’s tourism budget may be small but mighty as noted by national recognition and awards. The state agency has sought new ways to market, advertise and partner with local and regional economic development and tourism stakeholders to maximize the reach.

    Idaho’s 2 percent “bed tax” hit a record $8 million this fiscal year ending June 30, up 8.13 percent from fiscal year 2013, said Diane Norton, Idaho tourism manager for the Idaho Department of Commerce tourism division, Thursday morning at a meeting in Fort Hall.

     “National Parks are celebrating as well,” Norton said. “They were actually down a little bit, but the visitation was up in several of the parks. Idaho saw $29.4 million in spending by visitors to parks and monuments.”

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