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Slight Dip In Summer Tourism

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RED LODGE, Mont. -

A cooler start to the summer and extensive road construction in and around Red Lodge means some businesses saw a slight decrease in visitors this summer season. Despite the news, businesses say it's been a great year.

"It was a little quieter than normal but not bad," said Ellie Marion, Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary Executive Director. "I think the city did a good job of getting the word out that the businesses are still open and you could get through the streets."

The Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary plans to add more billboards to attract more visitors. Business managers say more people showed up last year.

"Last year was such a bumper year that we weren't sure we could equal it this year, but it has been a great summer for us," said Angela Beaumont, the Pollard Hotel General Manager.

The Pollard had a three percent increase in occupancy, compared to last year. The general manager says it's because the hotel lowered the room rates to attract visitors while the road construction was underway. Restaurants like Coffee Factory Roasters saw a busier summer season than last year.

"Having so many diverse, different events, here in Red Lodge every weekend, we keep having a fresh flow of people coming in every weekend for different things, different events," said Trent Emineth, Coffee Factory Roasters Owner.

With winter on the way, businesses are now are gearing up for ski season.