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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Response to Big Sky Resort’s Suspension of Operations and Evolving COVID-19 Situation
Impacts to Upcoming Events and Offices to Remote Status Effective Tuesday, March 17th
BIG SKY, Montana (March 15, 2020)— With Michigan-based Boyne Resort’s announcement of Big Sky Resort’s suspension of operations as of Monday, March 16, 2020, the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce as the Voice of business, and Visit Big Sky, the destination’s official marketing and management organization, are working collaboratively with Big Sky Resort representatives, our Big Sky lodging partners, and transportation providers to facilitate the immediate impact on our visitors’ travel arrangements, while at the same time, assisting our local businesses and employees with this closure.
“The visitor economy is the life-blood of the Big Sky community. Visit Big Sky is dedicated first and foremost to assisting our tourism stakeholders and our visitors in market whose travel plans have been disrupted,” said Tim Drain, Board President of Visit Big Sky. “Further, VBS is in direct contact with the U.S. Travel Association to support their efforts in Congress to guarantee the preservation of this industry for our businesses both big and small, and for the millions of employees its supports nationwide.”
“Our community is built upon small businesses,” said Scott Johnson, Big Sky Chamber Board President. “We are dedicated to them and to helping their employees navigate the impacts of this unforeseen and ever-evolving public health crisis. And, we will continue to work in partnership with the Big Sky Resort Area District and other community organizations on their behalf.”
To support the CDC’s recommendations to flatten the curve and limit the spread of the virus, the Big Sky Chamber and Visit Big Sky will be moving to remote work as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Standard hours of operation (Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm) of business offices and the Big Sky & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Information Center are still in effect, and we remain open for business to serve our visitors, member businesses and their employees.
Further, in observance, note changes to upcoming scheduled events from the Big Sky Chamber:
Moved to ONLINE Live Stream:
- Thursday, March 19, 2020 – Bureau of Business and Economic Research 2020 Economic Outlook Seminar at https://umontana.zoom.us/j/461055615; the link will become operational on March 19th
- Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – Bi-annual Eggs & Issues and Gallatin-Madison Joint County Commission meeting at Big Sky Resort
- Thursday, May 14, 2020 – Big Sky Community Building Forum at Lone Peak Cinema
“We are at an inflection point here in Big Sky with COVID-19 having reached Montana this past Friday, March 13th and Big Sky Resort’s suspension of operations,” said Candace Carr Strauss, CEO of the Big Sky Chamber and Visit Big Sky. “However, we as a community have proven our ability to #StayStrong, especially when we work together.”
About the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce
The Big Sky Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit membership organization representing 450+ member businesses and their thousands of employees from throughout Gallatin and Madison Counties, Montana and the U.S. Serving as the VOICE of Big Sky business, the Big Sky Chamber CHAMPIONS a healthy economy and works collaboratively with community stakeholders as a CONVENER and a CATALYST to improve the overall quality of life in the region. Elevate Big Sky 2023, the Big Sky Chamber’s Strategic Plan, highlights its focus on advocating for its members and working to create a positive business climate in the greater Gallatin Valley, encouraging community infrastructure investment and facilitating local governance for the Big Sky community. For more information, visit www.bigskychamber.com.
About Visit Big Sky
Visit Big Sky, established in 2013, is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit, membership organization. As the official destination and management organization (DMMO) representing tourism stakeholders within the Big Sky Resort Area District (BSRAD), as well as those twenty miles north and south of the U.S. Highway 191 and MT Highway 64 intersection, Visit Big Sky’s mission is to lead the development and promotion of authentic tourism experiences through research and stakeholder collaboration to grow Big Sky’s economy while balancing the need to sustain quality of life for its residents. Funding comes from fiscal sponsorship of the Big Sky Convention & Visitor Bureau which receives the BSRAD-designated 4% Montana Lodging Facility Use Tax (“bed tax”), annual allocations from the Big Sky Resort Tax District which levies a 3% luxury tax locally, and private support from businesses throughout the greater Gallatin Valley. To learn more, go to www.visitbigsky.com.