New website launches to promote tourism in the communities along Hwy 200 in Sanders County, Montana
The official tourism website that promotes Sanders County, Montana launched on December 1st. After six months of development and information gathering the website www.Tour200.com went live. The site showcases member businesses, the things to see and do in the county and area events.
“We live in the beautiful region of Northwest Montana. It is an area that has much to offer a visitor and yet we are still an undiscovered region of Montana. We understand that some people really like it that way. Business owners, on the other hand, see how vital customers are to the bottom line therefore the need to promote,” shares Katrina Campbell, Tour 200 Tourism Committee chairperson and co-owner of the Falls Motel in Thompson Falls,”Individually our dollars do not go far but as a collective group our pooled resources can truly make an impact on our marketing reach.”
The website features advertising spots that members can sign up for as well as areas where members are listed in a master resources list. Furthermore, members are under industry headings within in their town.
The Sanders County Historical Society was intrumental in writing and gathering historical information and photographs about the area which is found on the History Page of the website. “Historical tourism is a niche that is growing as more people seek to learn about their ancestary and the history of a place they are visiting,” Campbell says.
Another segment of the tourism industry that has grown significantly over the last few years is eco-tourism. Eco-toursim is environmentally responsible travel that benefits nature and local communities. “The Tour 200 website strives to showcase what our county is – rural communities in a beautiful area of Northwest Montana. We want visitors to come and enjoy this region, appreciate the place and then leave it as they found it.”
Do not get the wrong idea, Tour 200 is an inclusive group and is working to promote all activities available to visitors from snowmobiling to cross country skiing. The mission of Tour 200 is to undertake activities that develop and strengthen the tourism industry along Highway 200 and the surrounding communities within Sanders County.
Tour 200 is a subcommittee of the non-profit group Sanders County Community Development Corporation. SCCDC focuses on development, promotion and coordination of educational programs, technical assistance and research on retaining and expanding existing businesses.
For details on how to serve on the tourism subcommittee or on how to sign up to be a member of Tour 200 call Katrina at 406-827-3559 or email her at info(at)tour200.com. For additional information about Sanders County Community Development Corporation, contact executive director Jim Rexhouse at sccdc(at)ronan.net or by calling 406-827-6935.