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TBID Impacts Billings Economy

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The Billings Tourism Business Improvement District shows it's made a significant economic impact on the Magic City since 2007.

Tourism is one of Montana's largest industries. According to the group's estimates, TBID booked nearly 90,000 rooms since 2007, which comes to an economic impact of more than $20 million. A study indicates the average tourist spends $225 per day in Billings. But travel and tourism adds to our local economy in other ways.

"When you look at what the hoteliers are doing for the economic development of Billings, it's very substantial," said Steve Wahrlich, Billings TBID president. "A lot of people are employed because of travel and tourism."

TBID provides marketing funds through collecting a $1 to $2 fee on each hotel room booked. The group's mission is to put heads in beds in Billings hotels through marketing and promotions.