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Events Impact Billings Economy

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It's a busy week in Billings, as educators and cowboys fill the Magic City. With two different educational conferences in town and one of the biggest rodeos in Montana, Billings is sure to feel the economic impact tourists bring.

Every single one of the cities 4,200 hotel rooms are booked on this eventful weekend. Conferences and events like this mean people will need a place to stay, they'll dine out and they'll do some shopping.

"Having a weekend like this is very important," says Alex Tyson, Executive Director of Billings Chamber of Commerce Conventions and Visitors Bureau. "For every person that comes to Billings and stay a night, that's $225 towards our local economy."

That means $3.5 million could be hitting the local economy thanks to this weekend's events.

"We have these educators who are in town for a long weekend and obviously to learn, but they are here to spend money. If you look at the Nile, the folks who come in to watch the Nile, they're big spenders as well," says Tyson.

And with so many new hotels currently under construction, it's only good news for the Billings economy and for jobs.

"That means bringing in more events like the ones that are here this week," says Tyson, who also says it's important to also make sure these events return year after year. "Our group has voted to continue to hold the conference here in Billings because of the facilities... We're happy to be here and the accommodations have been very good."

The Nile has events that continue throughout the day until Saturday, with the rodeos beginning nightly at 7:30 PM.

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