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Three new hotels are sprouting up in downtown Bozeman.  The first hotel, named the ‘Etha’ will be an eight story, 102 room hotel above the historic National Guard Armory at 24 W. Mendenhall.  It will be viewed as much a community gathering place as a hotel with a 10,000 square foot ballroom to attract bigger groups than the hotel itself can fit.  One key to the success of the Etha will be professional management by LaTour Hotels and Resorts, a San Diego based company that specializes in operating ‘boutique’ hotels.  Most of the boutique hotels operated by LaTour are in major markets such as Salt Lake City, Seattle and Washington, DC.  Bozeman, being a small town, is unique among small markets for this concept.  But as CEO Thomas LaTour quoted  ‘Bozeman does not act or react like other small markets. There's something unique going on there. Just look at the airport. The airport activity given the size of that town is really out of whack.  When those doors swing open, it's for Bozeman.’ he said

The Etha is expected to open in the early fall, 2015.  Next month will focus on the ‘other’ big downtown hotel project.

Both Big Sky and Bridger Bowl Resorts both set records for skiers.  Bridger Bowl saw 217,000 skiers this season overturning the previous mark by 3%.  Big Sky saw more than 450,000 skier visits overturning the previous mark by over 100,000 skiers!   Snow fell early and often with snowpack levels well above 100% levels in all areas in Big Sky and the Gallatin Valley.

The Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport was recently renamed from the Gallatin Airfield – the name change was a ‘no-brainer’ as most folk’s destination was Bozeman and now that Bozeman serves as an international hub – adding those words was important!

Facts:

  • In 2013, nearly 1 Million passengers flew through the airport
  • $270,000,000.00 in tourism dollars flowed through Bozeman in 2012 ( A distant 2nd in Montana was Billings with $150,000,000.00)
  • Montana’s Department of Tourism is estimating this number will increase to $425,000,000.00 in 2013 – a 60% increase year to year
  • 45% of this summer’s departures will be on ‘larger’ aircrafts of 120 seats or more – volume means better prices – fares were down 3.1% in 2013 to reflect this
  • The airport is offering service to more destinations than ever before including daily summer flights to Portland and Atlanta,  daily year-round flights to Chicago, most months to San Francisco and Allegiant offers cheap frequent flights to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Scottsdale
  • These are just the highlights – to learn more, visit the Airport’s web site at www. http://bozemanairport.com/

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