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UM report describes Montana tourism industry

UM report describes Montana tourism industry

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University of Montana Communications The travel industry is unique in that it is defined not by its product, but by those consuming it. The industry includes such diverse segments as restaurants, guide services and airlines.

A new report by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana outlines the complex world of Montana's tourism industry. "Employment and Wages: The Travel Industry in Montana" uses data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, UM's Bureau of Business and Economic Research, and the tourism institute's own reports, calculations and estimates.

Some highlights of the report:

The average annual wage in the travel industry is $15,842, which is 63 percent of the average annual wage of all Montana job sectors. This average does not include tips or other gratuities and often reflects part-time or seasonal work.

Eighty-one percent of travel-industry jobs are concentrated in two sectors service and retail with the remainder spread throughout other job sectors.

Many travel-industry jobs are part-time and/or seasonal, providing job opportunities for high school and college students, as well as additional income sources for families largely supported by other means. The jobs often provide first-employment experiences because they don't require much training or special skills, and they provide the work ethic and skills necessary to move into other fields.

In 1980, 21 percent of travel-industry workers were teen-agers, compared to 8 percent of all workers.

For more information about this or other institute reports, visit the Web site www.forestry.umt.edu/itrr.

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