Community welcomes Tourism Advisory Council

Photo by Alastair Baker

Red Lodge Mayor Ed Williams greets the

Tourism Advisory Council at the Pollard

Hotel, June 2.

The Tourism Advisory Council (TAC) was given a warm welcome by Yellowstone Country, the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce, Red Lodge City Council and the Red Lodge community when a reception was held for them at the Pollard Hotel this week.

TAC was holding a twoday conference at Rock Creek resort where they discussed tribal tourism, marketing plans for Gateway communities, and social media campaigns.

Mayor Ed Williams spoke at the reception about Red Lodge’s “attractiveness” and “uniqueness” along with the volunteer spirit the town has. “We are a very welcoming community,” he said.

Ambe r Wo od-Jens en, Chair of the Tourism Advisory Council, with the Montana Office of Tourism, said the reception was “wonderful” as had been the signs around town welcoming the group.

“I’ve been to Red Lodge, but not to the Pollard Hotel. It’s an awesome historic building,” she said.

Mike Garcia, Director, Voices of Montana Tourism, said it’s “great being here in Red Lodge. I’ve been here before and couldn’t wait to get back."

Garcia emphasized the need for the federal level to address issues to help small towns.

“Tourism is a big deal,” he said. “It is so modular because tourism helps many other industries plug in, from timber, oil and mining. We must stop looking at businesses as individual industries. Competitors should applaud tourism and not say ‘you’re successful’ and ‘that hurts me.’”

TAC members later went for a ride on Don Coutts wagon through Red Lodge.