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Booming Beer Tourism

Does your destination have craft breweries or do you represent a craft brewery? If the answer is yes, check out the Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference (BMTC) taking place at The Riverside Hotel in Boise, March 26-28.

BMTC serves two needs:
  1. It provides actionable information about the important and growing functions of beer marketing and tourism for you to take home and apply to your local offerings.
  2. It provides a forum for meeting your fellow leaders in the beer and tourism industries.
Subjects to be covered include marketing, sales, driving consumers to your region or business (tourism), tap room management, events, beer tour operators and much more.


Complete the Hospitality Training Needs Survey

We need your input!

During the 2018 statewide Tourism Tours we received feedback that destinations could benefit from hospitality training. In response, Idaho Tourism is participating in a Hospitality Training Needs Assessment survey in cooperation with the Clearwater Economic Development Association. We encourage you to share your opinion of current hospitality training needs by completing the short, online survey here by March 29. We estimate the survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Thank you for your participation!

Please Note: On question #15 you will notice a specific reference to North Central Idaho. Please ignore the reference to location and complete question #15 in its entirety as it relates to your business/location. Thank you!


Idaho Tourism Tours coming to a town near you

The Idaho Tourism team will host regional meetings beginning March 5 in each of the state's seven travel regions. Please plan to attend the meeting closest to you to hear what's going on in your region and learn about Idaho Tourism's marketing efforts. Presentation topics include grant updates, international co-ops, the Hospitality Training Needs Assessment Survey, and Idaho Craft Beer Month, among other things. You'll also get a sneak peak at Idaho Tourism's upcoming web series Epic Idaho, and hear about co-op media opportunities and research, website updates and travel research specific to each region.

Statewide tourism industry businesses, destination marketing organizations, Chambers of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureaus, outfitters, attractions - anyone who is a part of Idaho's Tourism industry - is invited to attend. We hope to see you there!

Region 3 - Meridian: March 5; 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Galaxy Event Center-North Star A
Wahooz Family Fun Zone
1385 S Blue Marlin Lane, Meridian
(Please check in at the Galaxy Reception Corridor)

Region 2 - Lewiston: March 7; 11:00am - 3:00pm
Red Lion Hotel - Clearwater Room
621 21st Street, Lewiston

Region 1 - Coeur d'Alene: March 8; 11:00am - 3:00pm
Coeur d’Alene Resort - Casco Bay Room
115 S. 2nd Street, Coeur d'Alene

Region 5 - Pocatello: March 12; 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce
324 S. Main Street, Pocatello

Region 6 - Idaho Falls: March 13; 9:00am - 1:00pm
Le Ritz Hotel & Suites - Monarch Room
750 Lindsay Blvd., Idaho Falls

Regions 4 & 7 - Sun Valley: March 19; 11:00am - 3:00pm
Sun Valley Resort - Meeting Room TBD
1 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley

Idaho Travel Council Meeting - Regional Tourism Tours Recap
Friday, March 22, 9:00am - 12:00pm
700 W. State Street, Boise
Joe R. Williams Building, East Conference Room

Idaho craft beer month

Idaho Craft Beer Month returns for the third year in April 2019! This month-long celebration of craft beer acknowledges all the partners, including breweries, producers, distributors and restaurants, that make this industry thrive in Idaho and encourages beer lovers to visit local breweries and experience Idaho craft beer. 

If you are a member of the craft beer industry, join in the April festivities by hosting events or participating in official Idaho Craft Beer Month events, like Pints Up Idaho. Other events can be submitted here.

Destinations, Chambers of Commerce, Regional Travel organizations and anyone in the tourism industry can help by elevating the local activities on social media using the official hashtag #pintsupidaho and letting visitors know what's happening when you chat with them.


Every traveler and destination is unique. The modern traveler is looking for special experiences to add to their personal collection of adventures, ranging from eccentric museums to plush spa getaways. So, throw out the one-size-fits-all marketing plan and start targeting key segments using traveler personas to guide your strategy.
Using platform insights, Pinterest recently identified six traveler personas to consider when marketing your destination. Any one or a combination of these personas can fit your destination and attract new visitors.
  • The Group Vacationer: Values spending time with friends, family and others
  • The Culture Chaser: Values learning about local culture and history
  • The Spa Sojourner: Values rest and relaxation
  • The Adventure Lover: Values being active
  • The Eating Explorer: Values a good dining experience

What's Ahead for Idaho Tourism

Go West Summit - Boise, Idaho - February 25-28, 2019
Visit the conference website or contact Nancy Richardson with questions.

Idaho Regional Tourism Tours
Statewide tourism industry businesses, marketing organizations and Chambers are invited to attend. See story for more information and meeting locations.
Region 3 - Meridian: March 5; 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Region 2 - Lewiston: March 7; 11:00am - 3:00pm
Region 1 - Coeur d'Alene: March 8; 11:00am - 3:00pm
Region 5 - Pocatello: March 12; 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Region 6 - Idaho Falls: March 13; 9:00am - 1:00pm
Regions 4 & 7 - Sun Valley: March 19; 11:00am - 3:00pm

Idaho Travel Council Meeting - Regional Tourism Tours Recap
Friday, March 22 | 9:00am-12:00pm
Joe R. Williams Building | 700 W. State Street, Boise | East Conference Room

Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference
March 26-28, 2019 | The Riverside Hotel | Boise
Destinations, breweries and beer industry partners are invited to attend.
Learn More and Register

International Round-Up
April 30-May 1, 2019 | Spearfish, SD
This event is sold out but anyone interested is encouraged to get on the wait list.  Visit the website for more information or contact Nancy Richardson.

Save the Date! ICORT 2019
Idaho Conference on Recreation & Tourism - October 22-24, 2019
Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley


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