TBEX North America 2019

Billings, Montana


September 11 - 13, 2019

Billings Hotel and Convention Center

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Visit Billings

Visit Billings

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Welcome to Billings, Montana! Born in the shadows of the Rimrocks, fed on the waters of the Yellowstone River, prepare to experience unparalleled views, vivid sunrises and sunsets, and history around every corner. You are heading for a connection with warm, genuine, hardworking people who possess a perspective on life uniquely Montanan and inherently individual. Enjoy historic downtown Billings, busy with shops, galleries, and museums by day, and a nightlife that offers award-winning cuisine along Montana’s only walkable brewery district. This District boasts six breweries, two distilleries, and a cider house. Add the best live music scene in the region and the atmosphere will not disappoint. Discover the old west as you find history and descendants of the west’s greatest heroes around every turn. Walk in the footsteps of Captain William Clark at Pompey’s Pillar, where he carved his name 200 years ago. It’s the only physical evidence of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition and their journey to discover the west. Just 202 steps to the top of the Pillar to take in 5 mountain ranges and the Yellowstone River. The Yellowstone is the longest free flowing river in the lower 48 states. Stand on hallowed ground as you explore Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument where General George Custer took his Last Stand against Sitting Bull and the Sioux in 1876. Experience the most scenic drive in America as you drive the Beartooth Highway on your route to Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy truly local flavor, the back roads, and the open spaces in Big Sky Country.


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Montana

Montana

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Planning a trip to Big Sky Country? With over 147,000 square miles to explore, it can be tough to know where to start. While Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks are spectacular beyond words, there's more to discover throughout Montana than most people dream. Check out these trip ideas and draw inspiration to create your own unique set of Montana moments. The backdrop to your adventures — mountains and valleys, bears and bison, waterfalls and trout streams — will simply leave you in awe.

Yellowstone Country - Visit Big Sky

Yellowstone Country - Visit Big Sky

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website YELLOWSTONE COUNTRY The raw splendor of Yellowstone National Park doesn’t stop at the park boundary—it spills on for miles, encompassing an extraordinary part of Montana we call Yellowstone Country. Get away from your getaway and head north to this remarkable place where scenic routes and winding rivers cut through a landscape so unreal you’ll be picking your jaw up off the ground. Small towns in this part of the West are so enchanting you’ll consider whether or not you should start calling one of them home. Travel the Beartooth Highway—called the most scenic drive in the country—hike, fish, bike and backpack in captivating wild country, and soak up the magic in a valley so exquisite they named it Paradise. Explore bustling main streets lined with museums, galleries, theaters, breweries, food trucks, fine dining, cafés and coffee shops. Discover the Yellowstone you haven’t seen yet. OUR VISION Big Sky's confluence of nature, culture, people and preservation is so inspiring that one visit makes you want to stay for a lifetime. OUR MISSION As the Big Sky community's official destination marketing and management organization, Visit Big Sky leads 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.


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Kampgrounds of America, Inc.

Kampgrounds of America, Inc.

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Kampgrounds of America is where family memories have been made since 1962. KOA campgrounds are great places to relax with family or friends, enjoy the great outdoors, and relax around a campfire. The KOA system includes 517 locations throughout North America, so we are anywhere you want to go. the KOA Family of Campgrounds includes KOA Journeys, KOA Holidays and KOA Resorts, all tailored with the right amenities to provide your family with an ideal outdoor adventure.

Red Oxx

Red Oxx

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Our Story THE HISTORY OF RED OXX MANUFACTURING – EST. 1986. HUMBLE ORIGINS – FROM CALF TO OXX. All journeys begin with a first step. For Red Oxx this step was taken by CEO Jim Markel’s veteran father, Jim Senior. After Jim Senior, Capt. Ret. completed his 20 years of military service, including time spent with both the Green Beret in the Army and as a Special Forces Officer in the Marine Corps Recon, he decided to retire here in Billings, Montana. A lifetime around parachutes included tours as a Jump Master, Parachute Rigger and S.F. Team Leader would contribute to the birth of the Oxx. Along the way, he maintained a passion for fitness and decided to create and sell some unique gym workout accessories. Captain Markel’s skills as a Rigger came in handy when creating lifting straps and weight belts. Crafting fitness products one at a time in his home’s basement, Jim Senior set in motion the vehicle that would one day grow into the Red Oxx the world recognizes today. “Back in 1986, our first products were made from military surplus webbing that had been slated for decommissioning.” says Jim Senior. This bootstrapping philosophy was thus genetically coded into the birth of the company. As each new lifting product was introduced and accepted by the local market, it became apparent that sales were fast outstripping the production capability of one man. Time to bring in the number one veteran son Jim Markel Junior, “We were both in the military for a small overlap, then Dad retired. I continued on active service in Marine Corps Recon. After I got out my Dad came down to Colorado and asked me to join him working with his fledgling fitness products company in Billings, Montana.” says Jim Jr.. Father and son then worked together to assemble a variety of sewing production machines. Eventually it was planned to move to a “real” factory location. No more cramped basement now, goodbye to spillover into the garage. The final straw was turning the kitchen range into a webbing cutter with a clever air “vent” in the form of a box fan in the kitchen window. At this point, they were garnering contracts from such notable names in the fitness industry as Weider, Parabody and local lifters Gold’s Gym, to name a few. As the company grew and diversified it was time to make some changes. Jim Senior moved on with other ideas and no longer works for Red Oxx, leaving the company in the capable hands of his son Jim Jr.. It was then that Navy veteran Perry Jones, also former Naval Parachute Rigger, joined the crew as company President. CEO Jim Jr. decided to expand to a line of rifle cases and shooting accessories for the local Montana sportsman market. The first factory and retail store combination was selected for its central location and low overhead. While locating the business in a blighted area was not the original plan, it turned out to be an excellent financial strategy over the long haul. Today, the Red Oxx manufacturing production facility is still located just down the street, now in its eighth location with plenty of room to expand. “Over the years, we’ve stayed connected to the local economy as our business expanded beyond the confines of Montana.” says Jim Jr. (hereby referred to simply as Jim).


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Southeast Montana

Southeast Montana

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Out here, big sky meets big adventure. It’s the kind of place to slow down and fall in love with Montana. It’s the kind of place where cowboys still ride horses across the open plains. It’s the kind of place where traces of dinosaur fossils are just waiting to be discovered because history is ever-present. Out here, you will be welcomed with an abundance of western hospitality. Visit Southeast Montana and take a moment or two to view the horizon from all directions. From Badlands, battlefields and bucking horses to recreation, rocks and rivers, Southeast Montana is an adventure for outdoor lovers, history buffs, fossil finders and eager explorers. Find a new story in the spirit of the Old West. Discover Indian Nations, trace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and wander sacred fields where storied battles were fought. Check out the best cowboy bar in Montana, dig for dinosaur bones, and make your way through friendly towns where strangers smile and say hello.

Yellowstone Country

Yellowstone Country

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website The raw splendor of Yellowstone National Park doesn’t stop at the park boundary—it spills on for miles, encompassing an extraordinary part of Montana we call Yellowstone Country. Get away from your getaway and head north to this remarkable place where scenic routes and winding rivers cut through a landscape so unreal you’ll be picking your jaw up off the ground. Small towns in this part of the West are so enchanting you’ll consider whether or not you should start calling one of them home. Travel the Beartooth Highway—called the most scenic drive in the country—hike, fish, bike and backpack in captivating wild country, and soak up the magic in a valley so exquisite they named it Paradise. Explore bustling main streets lined with museums, galleries, theaters, breweries, food trucks, fine dining, cafés and coffee shops. Discover the Yellowstone you haven’t seen yet.

Glacier Country Destination Missoula Explore Whitefish

Glacier Country Destination Missoula Explore Whitefish

View Sponsor Profile Visit Glacier Website View Sponsor Profile Visit Missoula Website View Sponsor Profile Visit Whitefish Website There’s no denying the charm of Western Montana’s Glacier Country. The quintessential mountain resort town of Whitefish and the hip arts and culture hub of Missoula both offer world-class year-round recreation among jaw-dropping landscapes anchored by Glacier National Park. Robust culinary, art and live music scenes combine with cozy lodging and warm western hospitality to round out the allure of these vibrant destinations. Western Montana’s Glacier Country In Western Montana’s Glacier Country mesmerizing landscapes offer boundless beauty and recreation among some of world’s most charming small towns. Once-in-a-lifetime adventures are found here under impossibly big blue skies. Glacier National Park anchors the region, with 1 million acres of mesmerizing peaks, expansive valleys, 200+ cascading waterfalls and countless glacial lakes, plus one of the most jaw-dropping scenic drives in the country—the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Beyond the park, explore two American Indian reservations, attend a pow wow and immerse yourself in Montana’s heritage. Set sail on Flathead Lake—the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi—explore the storybook village of Bigfork and visit a roadside fruit stand for fresh Flathead cherries. Get on or in countless rivers and blue-ribbon trout streams for floating, rafting, stand-up paddleboarding and world-class fly-fishing. This year-round wonderland is epic in winter, too, boasting seven downhill ski areas plus Nordic adventures, sleigh rides, fat biking, dog sledding and skijoring events. Western Montana’s 75+ communities offer authentic local vibes and warm western hospitality and make up the region’s nine scenic travel corridors, gorgeous byways and backroads of discovery. From Glacier Country’s arts and culture hub of Missoula to the quintessential mountain town of Whitefish and the quaint communities in between, adventure is endless. Explore downtown galleries, museums, live theater and music, and some of the West’s best farmers markets. Discover fine dining, food trucks, culinary festivals and coffee shops, plus more than 30 breweries, nine distilleries, nine wineries and four cideries. Channel your inner cowboy at a working guest ranch, live in the lap of luxury at a mountain resort, sleep in a teepee or go rustic in a cabin or tent. Or, soak in the healing mineral waters at a natural hot spring. There’s more to do in Montana than one lifetime affords, and the authentic experiences here are second to none. Destination Missoula There’s this place where solitude, wilderness and adventure are only minutes from gourmet restaurants, funky local shops and a killer music scene. It’s a place surrounded by mountains where trails start at your front door. This place is Missoula, Montana, and it has the unparalleled natural beauty and cultural vibrancy to make your experience unforgettable. Nestled in the Northern Rockies of Montana, surrounded by seven wilderness areas and at the confluence of three rivers, Missoula is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. On any given day you’ll see anglers gracefully casting in the Clark Fork River. Downstream kayakers and river surfers perform athletic feats atop the man-made Brennan’s Wave. Tubing becomes an alternative form of transportation in the summer as people ride the river right through town. Off the water, they use the trail system that crisscrosses the city, or they cycle the country’s friendliest streets. Missoula is a hive of cultural activities. Its music venues regularly appear on national lists of best places to catch a concert, and you can find a show almost any night of the week. The first Friday of each month is dedicated to celebrating art with downtown galleries and shops welcoming patrons with drinks and appetizers after normal business hours. People seek solitude outside, but they also forge a tight community, coming together while shopping for local produce at farmers markets and attending brew fests that seem to occur every other weekend. Missoula is also a regional destination for shopping and dining, with an abundance of shops, restaurants, cafes, and breweries to fit all budgets and palates. Adventure meets variety in Missoula. It is a place of small-town values and urban amenities, where you can paddle or hike all day and take in a play or concert in the evening. It is a place of mountains and rivers, families and students, art and trails. And it’s time to see this place for yourself. Explore Whitefish Located in the Northern Rocky Mountains of Montana, Whitefish is a small western town with a modern flair, providing close access to some of the most beautiful mountains in the world—the hanging valleys and jagged peaks of Glacier National Park. Each season offers breathtaking opportunities to experience the millions of acres of mountains, forests, lakes, and rivers that surround town in every direction. The people of Whitefish are genuinely friendly and down-to-earth. The town's low-key atmosphere tends to make life in the tight-knit community a happy and warm place to visit. Though you may spot a movie star on occasion, success is measured in terms of how many mountains one has climbed, runs skied or fish caught. The locals are welcoming and willing to share their recreational passions with visitors—freely swapping stories at the local coffeehouses, breweries, and saloons. With its covered sidewalk main street leading to the cultural arts center, historic depot museum and public library, this quaint, picturesque western town offers visitors a change from the fast-paced, hustle and bustle of urban life. Central Avenue is filled with a variety of chef-owned restaurants, unique shopping and lively night life. The culinary and libation scene may surprise even seasoned foodies, with a plethora of ultra-local dining and imbibing experiences around every corner. Lodging choices range from full-service resorts to charming inns, rustic but elegant lodges and cabins, as well as condominiums and vacation homes. Sustainability and geo-tourism have become a focus of the Whitefish story, as the community seeks to inspire visitors to take care of the mountain town and special ecosystem, while welcoming travelers from around the world.


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Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website North Alabama has Huntsville, with its U.S. Space & Rocket Center, exposes visitors to what’s beyond our earthly skies; caves and canyons spanning the foothills of the scenic Appalachia Mountains dip into what’s below. Alabama’s National Wild and Scenic River, the Sipsey, cuts through Bankhead National Forest, adding to the natural beauty. In Muscle Shoals, “The Hit Recording Capital of the World”, the highs and lows take the shape of music notes. Birmingham dominates the central region with nightlife and urban sophistication as well as the Birmingham Civil Rights District and Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. The Pinhoti Trail and biologically diverse, free-flowing Cahaba River cut across the region, giving hikers and paddlers something to enjoy. The quiet fades during races at Talladega Superspeedway and Barber Motorsports Track. At Ross Bridge, Oxmoor Valley and Silver Lakes, “drivers” take on a different look as golfers play courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The Civil War and Civil Rights Movement are celebrated in the Southern region. Montgomery was voted by readers of USA Today and www.10Best.com as America’s most historic city. The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and winds its way to the State Capitol. East to Tuskegee, local museums also tell America’s civil and voting rights story. Eufaula’s Southern mansions, Dothan’s peanut past and the Alabama Scenic River Trail, make this region delightful. Sugar-sand beaches and turquoise saltwater, the Gulf Coast is like an oversized resort where every day is a vacation. Families bond over sand castles in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Dauphin Island. Seeking a day away from the beach? Mobile charms with its antebellum history. With numerous destinations to discover, from sugar-white beaches to picturesque mountaintops, Alabama presents dozens of reasons to pack up and hit the road. Twitter Facebook Google+ Pinterest Youtube

Finger Lakes Wine Country

Finger Lakes Wine Country

View Sponsor profile Visit Sponsor Website Take a moment to discover a region with rich natural beauty, deep roots in history, and a passion for life's simple pleasures. Take a scenic drive, kayak, hike among waterfalls, swim in a cool lake, or feel the rush of auto racing. Discover your next exciting adventure in Finger Lakes Wine Country. Finger Lakes Wine Country is one of the most affordable and beautiful wine country destinations in North America with three wine trails, more than 100 wineries, over 200 accommodations, and more than 400 unique things to do including shopping and dining experiences, world-class museums, and a local culture that is both warm and welcoming. The region is a short drive, ranging from three to five hours, from most major cities in the Northeast including: Boston, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. The Finger Lakes AVA (American Viticultural Area) The Finger Lakes region contains over 100 wineries and is a source of world-class cool climate wines, particularly Riesling. Quality factors include vineyards that slope down to deep, glaciated lakes, providing a favorable micro climate and soils for the growth of premium vinifera wine grapes. These same lakes and hillsides provide the beautiful vistas of the Finger Lakes region that attract visitors in growing numbers


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Visit Mobile

Visit Mobile

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Mobile is a 300-year-old city with a lot of stories to tell. With events almost every weekend, from performances at the Historic Saenger Theatre, cook-offs in one of our historic downtown parks and squares, pole vaulting up Dauphin Street and incredible music festivals – Mobilians know how to throw a party! The centuries-old architecture and wrought-iron details throughout the city provides a charming backdrop when you’re in the home of America’s Original Mardi Gras. Visit Mobile is the destination marketing organization dedicated to sharing all the magic that happens in Mobile! Facebook - VisitMobile Instagram - VisitMobileAL Twitter - VisitMobileAL www.mobile.org

Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website The Hudson Valley extends 150 miles above the tip of Manhattan. Designated as a National Heritage Area, the valley is steeped in history, natural beauty, culture and a burgeoning food and farmer’s market scene. Among many attributes, it’s the oldest wine producing area in the country, and the magnificent scenery inspired artists whose works became the Hudson River School of Painters. Lonely Planet describes the Hudson River Valley as “a real city break, with leafy drives, wineries and plenty of farm-to-table foodie options.” National Geographic Traveler named the Hudson Valley one of the top 20 must-see destinations in the world. So start planning your visit today!

Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau

Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website The city of Bloomington’s #1 attraction is Mall of America, the largest retail and entertainment complex in the Western Hemisphere, welcoming over 42 million visitors annually. This shopping mecca boasts over 520 stores, 50 award winning restaurants and countless entertainment options that range from nightclubs to the Nickelodeon Universe® amusement park to a 14-screen cinema. Like the outdoor, another popular Bloomington destination is the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, spanning 14,000 acres, with miles of hiking and biking trails, prime bird-watching opportunities, and an extensive visitor’s center. With all these great attractions, fine restaurants, and convenient location, it’s easy to see why the city of Bloomington is home to the largest concentration of hotels in there state, over 40 total, ranging from luxury to economy. Bloomington offers free parking, free hotel shuttles to/from the airport and Mall of America, and the light rail line, which runs from the Mall of America, to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul. If you like your TBEX experience to have a game plan, we’ve got you covered. From the ultimate family experience to girlfriend shopping retreats, there’s a Bloomington itinerary just for you.

Mall of America

Mall of America

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Mall of America ® is the largest retail and entertainment center in North America. Located in Bloomington, Minnesota, just minutes from downtown Minneapolis, St. Paul and MSP International Airport, the Mall welcomes over 40 million visitors annually, making it one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. With JW Marriott + Radisson Blu conveniently connected to the Mall, Nickelodeon Universe® theme park, plus over 50 restaurants, 13 attractions, and 520 stores (no sales tax on clothing or shoes!) – Mall of America has a little bit of everything… for everyone. Pinterest LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Instagram Snapchat

Dunhill Travel Deals

Dunhill Travel Deals

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website ABOUT DUNHILL TRAVEL DEALS An innovative leader in the digital travel marketplace, Dunhill Travel Deals provides consumers with the best travel offers available online. Expert staff aggregates, shops and handpicks hundreds of the best offers each week from Cruise Lines, Hotels, Airlines, and Tour Operators. Dunhill’s curated travel offers reach over 12+ million U.S. consumers through our subscriber base as well as our network of 50+ travel centric partner sites. Our web presence and digital reach generate 125+ million monthly page views. With user experience as the driving concept, Dunhill Travel Deals has developed a one-stop travel website where consumers can research and price hundreds of cruises, vacations, hotels and airfares. Expanding on the base of superior travel content, our recently re-designed mobile-responsive website allows travelers to dive deep into their vacation research. The site features high quality descriptive content, videos, dynamic pricing, itinerary options, room/cabin photos and descriptions, detailed amenities, dining options, and fascinating blog articles. The content is organized by travel vertical, destination, or interest for easy navigation. For the less travel savvy, the site features pages such as bucket list and last-minute travel. Our getaways section inspires weekend beach getaways, romantic getaways, foodie getaways, and much more. In a single visit, travelers can find a wealth of information and discover the best and most up to date rates in the industry. Company Highlights In business since 2007 Email subscriber base of 4+ million opt-in consumers Syndicated email reach exceeds 12 million U.S. households Comprehensive travel website attracts over 1 million monthly visitors Network of 50+ travel partners generating 125+ million additional page views Redesigned responsive website Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DunhillTravelDeals/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DunhillDeals GooglePlus: https://plus.google.com/+Dunhilltraveldeals1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dunhilltraveldeals/

Travel Manitoba

Travel Manitoba

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Welcome to Manitoba, the heart of Canada. Here, you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, but at the centre of everything. Manitoba is where golden wheat fields meet infinite blue sky. Cool, clean lakes and waterways-all 110,000 of them-beckon the adventurer and the rejuvenator in you. Unexplored parks and forests fill you with the indigenous spirit of our fur-trading past. On the wind-swept tundra learn more about wildlife and yourself than you'd ever imagined. Winnipeg is our cultural oasis. A capital city renowned for world-class performing arts and lively gatherings-all offered with an air of modesty and down-home hospitality.

Quebec City Tourism

Quebec City Tourism

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Québec City is most definitely a world class destination. Perched atop Cap-Diamant, Old-Québec tells of its 400+ years of history through its architecture and narrow winding streets. Visitors marvel at its spectacular beauty, enhanced by the presence of the flowing St. Lawrence River. With French notes in the air, one feels literally transported into a European feel. Bistros serving “Café au lait” and boutiques offering local artisans’ work of art recall its original roots. The unparalleled quality and variety of restaurants puts Québec on a pedestal for exquisite cuisine highlighting regional produce. Outdoor enthusiasts are impressed with the variety of activities available and the breathtaking scenery in all seasons, just a few minutes’-drive from downtown. But the best way to experience Québec City is to meet its warm and friendly people and share their “Joie de vivre”.

Awin

Awin

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Awin is a global affiliate marketing network connecting brands with millions of consumers every day. Operating out of 15 offices, Awin offers localized solutions to 29,500+ advertisers and 200,000+ contributing publishers. In 2018, Awin generated $18 billion in advertiser revenue and $818 million in publisher commissions.

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website The Alabama Gulf Coast showcases 32 miles of sugar-white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, mixing Southern hospitality with an authentic coastal vibe. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a family-focused escape for exciting outdoor adventures, thrilling land- and water-based attractions, uncovering history, fishing, golf, and great dining experiences from the ultimate dive joint to cuisine by a James Beard semi-finalist chef. New dive and snorkeling sites, as well as environmental education and sustainability programs, are yet more reasons why “the beach is just the beginning” here!

Tempe Tourism Office

Tempe Tourism Office

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website A vibrant urban oasis in Metropolitan Phoenix, Tempe exudes its own personality. Refreshingly offbeat, Tempe’s a fun town that hosts family-friendly festivals, welcomes outdoor activities and is the proud home of Arizona State University. Tempe cares about community, stresses an active lifestyle and emphasizes a laid-back atmosphere. Here, you’ll find the sports you love, the shopping you crave, the culture you enjoy, the food you’ll want to share and art, architecture and scenery that are perfect for your next post on Instagram.

Blogger Bridge

Blogger Bridge

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website BloggerBridge.com lets companies connect with bloggers • Search through a database of bloggers • Be alerted when bloggers book a trip to a city that you choose to watch • Advertise to some/all bloggers how you would want to work with them. You can filter which bloggers will see this opportunity • Manage lists of bloggers and work flow of the work you are doing with them • Track page views for posts by campaign • Review bloggers or see reviews left by other companies


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Erck Hotels

Erck Hotels

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Ruby Erck believed “Happy employees make happy guests”. We are committed to carrying on this ideal. Through corporate support and supervision we boast several employees with more than 20 years of continued employment with Erck Hotels. Many of our guests have returned to stay with us for over 30 years, some have even become investors in our hotels. Click to read more about our hotel operations services.

Yellowstone National Park Lodges

Yellowstone National Park Lodges

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Yellowstone National Park Lodges is the authorized in-park lodging concessioner in the world’s first national park. As part of our parent company, Xanterra Travel Collection, we’ve been in Yellowstone since 1980. The Yellowstone operation includes 9 lodging facilities (more than 2,300 rooms/cabins), more than 30 food and beverage operations, gift shops, tours and activities. Accommodations range from new LEED certified lodge buildings at Canyon Lodge & Cabins to National Historic Landmarks, including the Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Old Faithful Inn. Since we were awarded our latest contract in December 2013, been very active in facilities renovations and service enhancements. In fact, by the end of 2019, we will have invested over $200 million toward this effort. A core value of Xanterra is sustainability, and we strive to deliver quality service and products with the least environmental impact. With any facility construction or renovation, our goal is to achieve at least a LEED (US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. Examples of this effort include: · Teal Employee Residence (Gold) 2018 · Haynes Administration Building (Gold) 2017 · Chittenden, Hayden, Moran, and Rhyolite Lodges (Gold) 2016 · Washburn Lodge (Silver) 2016 · Paintbrush Employee Residence (Platinum) 2015 · Gardiner Employee Housing (Certified) 2004. This was the first LEED project in the state of Montana And who says good food can’t be good for you and the environment? In Yellowstone, each hotel/lodge features a different menu and culinary approach. An emphasis on sustainable cuisine has been welcomed by the millions of guests eating in our restaurants annually. Where possible, Yellowstone National Park Lodges offers menu items - food and drink - that are sustainably, organically and/or locally produced (For Yellowstone, “local” is considered within 500 miles.) In 2018, 60% of food purchases were considered sustainable. Our goal is to achieve 70% sustainable sourcing by 2025. In addition, Lu Harlow, our Director of Food & Beverage, has made it her mission to support local family-owned farms and ranches however possible. Beef, pork, lamb, and produce are increasingly sourced from local producers. Additional sustainability achievements include: · Green Seal™ Lodging Gold-level Certification of Lake Yellowstone Hotel, 2016 · Yellowstone’s environmental management system has maintained ISO 14001 certification since 2004 · Green Restaurant Association Certification: Mammoth Hotel Dining Room (4-Star level, first in the National Park Service) · In 2018, 54% of all sold waste was recycled or composted (that’s equivalent to 1,485 bull bison, or almost 3 million pounds) · In 2018, more than 65% of gift sales were of sustainably sourced items · In 2018, more than 59% of available gift items were Made in America Xanterra Travel Collection is proud to operate in other national parks as well, including Glacier, Zion, Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain, and Mount Rushmore. Additionally, the collection includes The Oasis at Death Valley, The Grand Hotel (outside Grand Canyon NP), the Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel, Cedar Creek Lodge (outside Glacier NP) Windstar Cruises, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Country Walkers, and Holiday Vacations. We invite you to explore Xanterra’s World of Unforgettable Experiences!

Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Why Austin Adventures? Here’s Why. You won’t find any fluffy language or marketing hype here, just honest, straightforward answers to that fundamental question of why us? Our responses are rooted deeply in our ethos — in the mission we’ve honed and honored for the last 35-plus years, which is to create meticulously curated, ultra-personalized adventures that allow our guests to experience a destination in the most immersive, energizing, and inspiring way possible. At Austin Adventures we believe that travel has the power to change us. To let us see the world, and our role in it, through a new lens. To leave us feeling fulfilled, invigorated, transformed. We wear hundreds of hats here in Billings, Montana. But our #1 job, in the end, is to lay the groundwork for this kind of life-changing, expectation-exceeding travel. Your job is simply to soak it all in.

Montana State Parks

Montana State Parks

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Montana State Parks has been managing Montana’s recreational, cultural and historical landscape for 80 years through its 55 parks and 7 National Historic Landmarks.

West Yellowstone - TBID

West Yellowstone - TBID

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website West Yellowstone, Montana The Heart of Yellowstone, the town of West Yellowstone, Montana, is located just outside of the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, and is a year-round, family-friendly destination with a variety of dining, lodging and attractions. Nestled among majestic mountain peaks, and surrounded by natural scenic wonders, the town is rich in history and activities. Centrally located, only minutes away from some of Yellowstone’s favorite attractions, blue-ribbon trout streams, three lakes, and access to hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails in the surrounding National Forests, outdoor adventures await. With over 150 inches of snowfall annually, winter visitors can enjoy over 50+ km of groomed Nordic ski trails, 400+ miles of groomed snowmobile trails, ice fishing and nationally-known events. They can also take a guided snowcoach or snowmobile tour into Yellowstone National Park, or take a short drive to several downhill ski areas. No matter the season that brings you to West Yellowstone, you are sure to leave with lasting memories. Website Chamber: www.DestinationYellowstone.com Website TBID: www.YellowstoneDestination.com Facebook: @WestYellowstoneChamber (https://www.facebook.com/WestYellowstoneChamber) Twitter: @WYellowstoneMT (https://twitter.com/WYellowstoneMT?lang=en) Instagram: destination.yellowstone (https://www.instagram.com/destination.yellowstone/) Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/westyellowstone/ TripAdvisor: @WYellowstoneMT (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g45399-West_Yellowstone_Montana-Vacations.html)


Media Sponsors

TravelMedia.ie

TravelMedia.ie

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website TravelMedia.ie is a travel specialist full service PR, marketing, SEO, events, communications, content marketing and representation company, founded in 2006, and managed by Michael Collins. TravelMedia.ie is one of Europe’s leading travel media companies – specialising in PR, events, media buying, strategic advice, industry consultancy, digital communications and social media within the travel industry for both trade and consumer – delivering measurable results for our clients.


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Visit Billings

Visit Billings

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Welcome to Billings, Montana! Born in the shadows of the Rimrocks, fed on the waters of the Yellowstone River, prepare to experience unparalleled views, vivid sunrises and sunsets, and history around every corner. You are heading for a connection with warm, genuine, hardworking people who possess a perspective on life uniquely Montanan and inherently individual. Enjoy historic downtown Billings, busy with shops, galleries, and museums by day, and a nightlife that offers award-winning cuisine along Montana’s only walkable brewery district. This District boasts six breweries, two distilleries, and a cider house. Add the best live music scene in the region and the atmosphere will not disappoint. Discover the old west as you find history and descendants of the west’s greatest heroes around every turn. Walk in the footsteps of Captain William Clark at Pompey’s Pillar, where he carved his name 200 years ago. It’s the only physical evidence of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition and their journey to discover the west. Just 202 steps to the top of the Pillar to take in 5 mountain ranges and the Yellowstone River. The Yellowstone is the longest free flowing river in the lower 48 states. Stand on hallowed ground as you explore Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument where General George Custer took his Last Stand against Sitting Bull and the Sioux in 1876. Experience the most scenic drive in America as you drive the Beartooth Highway on your route to Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy truly local flavor, the back roads, and the open spaces in Big Sky Country.

Visit Mobile

Visit Mobile

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Mobile is a 300-year-old city with a lot of stories to tell. With events almost every weekend, from performances at the Historic Saenger Theatre, cook-offs in one of our historic downtown parks and squares, pole vaulting up Dauphin Street and incredible music festivals – Mobilians know how to throw a party! The centuries-old architecture and wrought-iron details throughout the city provides a charming backdrop when you’re in the home of America’s Original Mardi Gras. Visit Mobile is the destination marketing organization dedicated to sharing all the magic that happens in Mobile! Facebook - VisitMobile Instagram - VisitMobileAL Twitter - VisitMobileAL www.mobile.org

On Location Tours

On Location Tours

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website On Location Tours, the Concierge Choice Award Winner for Sightseeing and Tours, is one of the world’s largest TV and movie tour companies and the only one operating in multiple cities. The tours feature sites from the hottest and latest on the big and small screen. Founded in 1999 by Georgette Blau, it has quickly become one of the East Coast’s most popular tourist attractions serving over 100,000 tourists and locals annually. Some of the tours include: NYC TV & Movie Tour, When Harry Met Seinfeld Tour, Sex and the City Hotspots, Gossip Girl Sites, Sopranos Sites, The Real Housewives of New York City Tour, TCM Classic Film Tour, Central Park TV & Movie Sites, and Holiday Lights & Movie Sites.

Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website North Alabama has Huntsville, with its U.S. Space & Rocket Center, exposes visitors to what’s beyond our earthly skies; caves and canyons spanning the foothills of the scenic Appalachia Mountains dip into what’s below. Alabama’s National Wild and Scenic River, the Sipsey, cuts through Bankhead National Forest, adding to the natural beauty. In Muscle Shoals, “The Hit Recording Capital of the World”, the highs and lows take the shape of music notes. Birmingham dominates the central region with nightlife and urban sophistication as well as the Birmingham Civil Rights District and Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. The Pinhoti Trail and biologically diverse, free-flowing Cahaba River cut across the region, giving hikers and paddlers something to enjoy. The quiet fades during races at Talladega Superspeedway and Barber Motorsports Track. At Ross Bridge, Oxmoor Valley and Silver Lakes, “drivers” take on a different look as golfers play courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The Civil War and Civil Rights Movement are celebrated in the Southern region. Montgomery was voted by readers of USA Today and www.10Best.com as America’s most historic city. The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and winds its way to the State Capitol. East to Tuskegee, local museums also tell America’s civil and voting rights story. Eufaula’s Southern mansions, Dothan’s peanut past and the Alabama Scenic River Trail, make this region delightful. Sugar-sand beaches and turquoise saltwater, the Gulf Coast is like an oversized resort where every day is a vacation. Families bond over sand castles in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Dauphin Island. Seeking a day away from the beach? Mobile charms with its antebellum history. With numerous destinations to discover, from sugar-white beaches to picturesque mountaintops, Alabama presents dozens of reasons to pack up and hit the road. Twitter Facebook Google+ Pinterest Youtube

Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website The Hudson Valley extends 150 miles above the tip of Manhattan. Designated as a National Heritage Area, the valley is steeped in history, natural beauty, culture and a burgeoning food and farmer’s market scene. Among many attributes, it’s the oldest wine producing area in the country, and the magnificent scenery inspired artists whose works became the Hudson River School of Painters. Lonely Planet describes the Hudson River Valley as “a real city break, with leafy drives, wineries and plenty of farm-to-table foodie options.” National Geographic Traveler named the Hudson Valley one of the top 20 must-see destinations in the world. So start planning your visit today!

Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau

Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website The city of Bloomington’s #1 attraction is Mall of America, the largest retail and entertainment complex in the Western Hemisphere, welcoming over 42 million visitors annually. This shopping mecca boasts over 520 stores, 50 award winning restaurants and countless entertainment options that range from nightclubs to the Nickelodeon Universe® amusement park to a 14-screen cinema. Like the outdoor, another popular Bloomington destination is the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, spanning 14,000 acres, with miles of hiking and biking trails, prime bird-watching opportunities, and an extensive visitor’s center. With all these great attractions, fine restaurants, and convenient location, it’s easy to see why the city of Bloomington is home to the largest concentration of hotels in there state, over 40 total, ranging from luxury to economy. Bloomington offers free parking, free hotel shuttles to/from the airport and Mall of America, and the light rail line, which runs from the Mall of America, to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul. If you like your TBEX experience to have a game plan, we’ve got you covered. From the ultimate family experience to girlfriend shopping retreats, there’s a Bloomington itinerary just for you.

Mall of America

Mall of America

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Mall of America ® is the largest retail and entertainment center in North America. Located in Bloomington, Minnesota, just minutes from downtown Minneapolis, St. Paul and MSP International Airport, the Mall welcomes over 40 million visitors annually, making it one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. With JW Marriott + Radisson Blu conveniently connected to the Mall, Nickelodeon Universe® theme park, plus over 50 restaurants, 13 attractions, and 520 stores (no sales tax on clothing or shoes!) – Mall of America has a little bit of everything… for everyone. Pinterest LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Instagram Snapchat

Montana

Montana

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Planning a trip to Big Sky Country? With over 147,000 square miles to explore, it can be tough to know where to start. While Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks are spectacular beyond words, there's more to discover throughout Montana than most people dream. Check out these trip ideas and draw inspiration to create your own unique set of Montana moments. The backdrop to your adventures — mountains and valleys, bears and bison, waterfalls and trout streams — will simply leave you in awe.

Erck Hotels

Erck Hotels

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Ruby Erck believed “Happy employees make happy guests”. We are committed to carrying on this ideal. Through corporate support and supervision we boast several employees with more than 20 years of continued employment with Erck Hotels. Many of our guests have returned to stay with us for over 30 years, some have even become investors in our hotels. Click to read more about our hotel operations services.

Southeast Montana

Southeast Montana

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Out here, big sky meets big adventure. It’s the kind of place to slow down and fall in love with Montana. It’s the kind of place where cowboys still ride horses across the open plains. It’s the kind of place where traces of dinosaur fossils are just waiting to be discovered because history is ever-present. Out here, you will be welcomed with an abundance of western hospitality. Visit Southeast Montana and take a moment or two to view the horizon from all directions. From Badlands, battlefields and bucking horses to recreation, rocks and rivers, Southeast Montana is an adventure for outdoor lovers, history buffs, fossil finders and eager explorers. Find a new story in the spirit of the Old West. Discover Indian Nations, trace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark and wander sacred fields where storied battles were fought. Check out the best cowboy bar in Montana, dig for dinosaur bones, and make your way through friendly towns where strangers smile and say hello.

Dunhill Travel Deals

Dunhill Travel Deals

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website ABOUT DUNHILL TRAVEL DEALS An innovative leader in the digital travel marketplace, Dunhill Travel Deals provides consumers with the best travel offers available online. Expert staff aggregates, shops and handpicks hundreds of the best offers each week from Cruise Lines, Hotels, Airlines, and Tour Operators. Dunhill’s curated travel offers reach over 12+ million U.S. consumers through our subscriber base as well as our network of 50+ travel centric partner sites. Our web presence and digital reach generate 125+ million monthly page views. With user experience as the driving concept, Dunhill Travel Deals has developed a one-stop travel website where consumers can research and price hundreds of cruises, vacations, hotels and airfares. Expanding on the base of superior travel content, our recently re-designed mobile-responsive website allows travelers to dive deep into their vacation research. The site features high quality descriptive content, videos, dynamic pricing, itinerary options, room/cabin photos and descriptions, detailed amenities, dining options, and fascinating blog articles. The content is organized by travel vertical, destination, or interest for easy navigation. For the less travel savvy, the site features pages such as bucket list and last-minute travel. Our getaways section inspires weekend beach getaways, romantic getaways, foodie getaways, and much more. In a single visit, travelers can find a wealth of information and discover the best and most up to date rates in the industry. Company Highlights In business since 2007 Email subscriber base of 4+ million opt-in consumers Syndicated email reach exceeds 12 million U.S. households Comprehensive travel website attracts over 1 million monthly visitors Network of 50+ travel partners generating 125+ million additional page views Redesigned responsive website Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DunhillTravelDeals/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DunhillDeals GooglePlus: https://plus.google.com/+Dunhilltraveldeals1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dunhilltraveldeals/

Finger Lakes Wine Country

Finger Lakes Wine Country

View Sponsor profile Visit Sponsor Website Take a moment to discover a region with rich natural beauty, deep roots in history, and a passion for life's simple pleasures. Take a scenic drive, kayak, hike among waterfalls, swim in a cool lake, or feel the rush of auto racing. Discover your next exciting adventure in Finger Lakes Wine Country. Finger Lakes Wine Country is one of the most affordable and beautiful wine country destinations in North America with three wine trails, more than 100 wineries, over 200 accommodations, and more than 400 unique things to do including shopping and dining experiences, world-class museums, and a local culture that is both warm and welcoming. The region is a short drive, ranging from three to five hours, from most major cities in the Northeast including: Boston, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. The Finger Lakes AVA (American Viticultural Area) The Finger Lakes region contains over 100 wineries and is a source of world-class cool climate wines, particularly Riesling. Quality factors include vineyards that slope down to deep, glaciated lakes, providing a favorable micro climate and soils for the growth of premium vinifera wine grapes. These same lakes and hillsides provide the beautiful vistas of the Finger Lakes region that attract visitors in growing numbers

Kampgrounds of America, Inc.

Kampgrounds of America, Inc.

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Kampgrounds of America is where family memories have been made since 1962. KOA campgrounds are great places to relax with family or friends, enjoy the great outdoors, and relax around a campfire. The KOA system includes 517 locations throughout North America, so we are anywhere you want to go. the KOA Family of Campgrounds includes KOA Journeys, KOA Holidays and KOA Resorts, all tailored with the right amenities to provide your family with an ideal outdoor adventure.

Travel Manitoba

Travel Manitoba

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Welcome to Manitoba, the heart of Canada. Here, you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, but at the centre of everything. Manitoba is where golden wheat fields meet infinite blue sky. Cool, clean lakes and waterways-all 110,000 of them-beckon the adventurer and the rejuvenator in you. Unexplored parks and forests fill you with the indigenous spirit of our fur-trading past. On the wind-swept tundra learn more about wildlife and yourself than you'd ever imagined. Winnipeg is our cultural oasis. A capital city renowned for world-class performing arts and lively gatherings-all offered with an air of modesty and down-home hospitality.

TravelMedia.ie

TravelMedia.ie

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website TravelMedia.ie is a travel specialist full service PR, marketing, SEO, events, communications, content marketing and representation company, founded in 2006, and managed by Michael Collins. TravelMedia.ie is one of Europe’s leading travel media companies – specialising in PR, events, media buying, strategic advice, industry consultancy, digital communications and social media within the travel industry for both trade and consumer – delivering measurable results for our clients.

Yellowstone Country

Yellowstone Country

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website The raw splendor of Yellowstone National Park doesn’t stop at the park boundary—it spills on for miles, encompassing an extraordinary part of Montana we call Yellowstone Country. Get away from your getaway and head north to this remarkable place where scenic routes and winding rivers cut through a landscape so unreal you’ll be picking your jaw up off the ground. Small towns in this part of the West are so enchanting you’ll consider whether or not you should start calling one of them home. Travel the Beartooth Highway—called the most scenic drive in the country—hike, fish, bike and backpack in captivating wild country, and soak up the magic in a valley so exquisite they named it Paradise. Explore bustling main streets lined with museums, galleries, theaters, breweries, food trucks, fine dining, cafés and coffee shops. Discover the Yellowstone you haven’t seen yet.

Yellowstone Country - Visit Big Sky

Yellowstone Country - Visit Big Sky

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website YELLOWSTONE COUNTRY The raw splendor of Yellowstone National Park doesn’t stop at the park boundary—it spills on for miles, encompassing an extraordinary part of Montana we call Yellowstone Country. Get away from your getaway and head north to this remarkable place where scenic routes and winding rivers cut through a landscape so unreal you’ll be picking your jaw up off the ground. Small towns in this part of the West are so enchanting you’ll consider whether or not you should start calling one of them home. Travel the Beartooth Highway—called the most scenic drive in the country—hike, fish, bike and backpack in captivating wild country, and soak up the magic in a valley so exquisite they named it Paradise. Explore bustling main streets lined with museums, galleries, theaters, breweries, food trucks, fine dining, cafés and coffee shops. Discover the Yellowstone you haven’t seen yet. OUR VISION Big Sky's confluence of nature, culture, people and preservation is so inspiring that one visit makes you want to stay for a lifetime. OUR MISSION As the Big Sky community's official destination marketing and management organization, Visit Big Sky leads 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.

Quebec City Tourism

Quebec City Tourism

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Québec City is most definitely a world class destination. Perched atop Cap-Diamant, Old-Québec tells of its 400+ years of history through its architecture and narrow winding streets. Visitors marvel at its spectacular beauty, enhanced by the presence of the flowing St. Lawrence River. With French notes in the air, one feels literally transported into a European feel. Bistros serving “Café au lait” and boutiques offering local artisans’ work of art recall its original roots. The unparalleled quality and variety of restaurants puts Québec on a pedestal for exquisite cuisine highlighting regional produce. Outdoor enthusiasts are impressed with the variety of activities available and the breathtaking scenery in all seasons, just a few minutes’-drive from downtown. But the best way to experience Québec City is to meet its warm and friendly people and share their “Joie de vivre”.

Red Oxx

Red Oxx

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Our Story THE HISTORY OF RED OXX MANUFACTURING – EST. 1986. HUMBLE ORIGINS – FROM CALF TO OXX. All journeys begin with a first step. For Red Oxx this step was taken by CEO Jim Markel’s veteran father, Jim Senior. After Jim Senior, Capt. Ret. completed his 20 years of military service, including time spent with both the Green Beret in the Army and as a Special Forces Officer in the Marine Corps Recon, he decided to retire here in Billings, Montana. A lifetime around parachutes included tours as a Jump Master, Parachute Rigger and S.F. Team Leader would contribute to the birth of the Oxx. Along the way, he maintained a passion for fitness and decided to create and sell some unique gym workout accessories. Captain Markel’s skills as a Rigger came in handy when creating lifting straps and weight belts. Crafting fitness products one at a time in his home’s basement, Jim Senior set in motion the vehicle that would one day grow into the Red Oxx the world recognizes today. “Back in 1986, our first products were made from military surplus webbing that had been slated for decommissioning.” says Jim Senior. This bootstrapping philosophy was thus genetically coded into the birth of the company. As each new lifting product was introduced and accepted by the local market, it became apparent that sales were fast outstripping the production capability of one man. Time to bring in the number one veteran son Jim Markel Junior, “We were both in the military for a small overlap, then Dad retired. I continued on active service in Marine Corps Recon. After I got out my Dad came down to Colorado and asked me to join him working with his fledgling fitness products company in Billings, Montana.” says Jim Jr.. Father and son then worked together to assemble a variety of sewing production machines. Eventually it was planned to move to a “real” factory location. No more cramped basement now, goodbye to spillover into the garage. The final straw was turning the kitchen range into a webbing cutter with a clever air “vent” in the form of a box fan in the kitchen window. At this point, they were garnering contracts from such notable names in the fitness industry as Weider, Parabody and local lifters Gold’s Gym, to name a few. As the company grew and diversified it was time to make some changes. Jim Senior moved on with other ideas and no longer works for Red Oxx, leaving the company in the capable hands of his son Jim Jr.. It was then that Navy veteran Perry Jones, also former Naval Parachute Rigger, joined the crew as company President. CEO Jim Jr. decided to expand to a line of rifle cases and shooting accessories for the local Montana sportsman market. The first factory and retail store combination was selected for its central location and low overhead. While locating the business in a blighted area was not the original plan, it turned out to be an excellent financial strategy over the long haul. Today, the Red Oxx manufacturing production facility is still located just down the street, now in its eighth location with plenty of room to expand. “Over the years, we’ve stayed connected to the local economy as our business expanded beyond the confines of Montana.” says Jim Jr. (hereby referred to simply as Jim).

Awin

Awin

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Awin is a global affiliate marketing network connecting brands with millions of consumers every day. Operating out of 15 offices, Awin offers localized solutions to 29,500+ advertisers and 200,000+ contributing publishers. In 2018, Awin generated $18 billion in advertiser revenue and $818 million in publisher commissions.

Yellowstone National Park Lodges

Yellowstone National Park Lodges

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Yellowstone National Park Lodges is the authorized in-park lodging concessioner in the world’s first national park. As part of our parent company, Xanterra Travel Collection, we’ve been in Yellowstone since 1980. The Yellowstone operation includes 9 lodging facilities (more than 2,300 rooms/cabins), more than 30 food and beverage operations, gift shops, tours and activities. Accommodations range from new LEED certified lodge buildings at Canyon Lodge & Cabins to National Historic Landmarks, including the Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Old Faithful Inn. Since we were awarded our latest contract in December 2013, been very active in facilities renovations and service enhancements. In fact, by the end of 2019, we will have invested over $200 million toward this effort. A core value of Xanterra is sustainability, and we strive to deliver quality service and products with the least environmental impact. With any facility construction or renovation, our goal is to achieve at least a LEED (US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. Examples of this effort include: · Teal Employee Residence (Gold) 2018 · Haynes Administration Building (Gold) 2017 · Chittenden, Hayden, Moran, and Rhyolite Lodges (Gold) 2016 · Washburn Lodge (Silver) 2016 · Paintbrush Employee Residence (Platinum) 2015 · Gardiner Employee Housing (Certified) 2004. This was the first LEED project in the state of Montana And who says good food can’t be good for you and the environment? In Yellowstone, each hotel/lodge features a different menu and culinary approach. An emphasis on sustainable cuisine has been welcomed by the millions of guests eating in our restaurants annually. Where possible, Yellowstone National Park Lodges offers menu items - food and drink - that are sustainably, organically and/or locally produced (For Yellowstone, “local” is considered within 500 miles.) In 2018, 60% of food purchases were considered sustainable. Our goal is to achieve 70% sustainable sourcing by 2025. In addition, Lu Harlow, our Director of Food & Beverage, has made it her mission to support local family-owned farms and ranches however possible. Beef, pork, lamb, and produce are increasingly sourced from local producers. Additional sustainability achievements include: · Green Seal™ Lodging Gold-level Certification of Lake Yellowstone Hotel, 2016 · Yellowstone’s environmental management system has maintained ISO 14001 certification since 2004 · Green Restaurant Association Certification: Mammoth Hotel Dining Room (4-Star level, first in the National Park Service) · In 2018, 54% of all sold waste was recycled or composted (that’s equivalent to 1,485 bull bison, or almost 3 million pounds) · In 2018, more than 65% of gift sales were of sustainably sourced items · In 2018, more than 59% of available gift items were Made in America Xanterra Travel Collection is proud to operate in other national parks as well, including Glacier, Zion, Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain, and Mount Rushmore. Additionally, the collection includes The Oasis at Death Valley, The Grand Hotel (outside Grand Canyon NP), the Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel, Cedar Creek Lodge (outside Glacier NP) Windstar Cruises, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Country Walkers, and Holiday Vacations. We invite you to explore Xanterra’s World of Unforgettable Experiences!

Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Why Austin Adventures? Here’s Why. You won’t find any fluffy language or marketing hype here, just honest, straightforward answers to that fundamental question of why us? Our responses are rooted deeply in our ethos — in the mission we’ve honed and honored for the last 35-plus years, which is to create meticulously curated, ultra-personalized adventures that allow our guests to experience a destination in the most immersive, energizing, and inspiring way possible. At Austin Adventures we believe that travel has the power to change us. To let us see the world, and our role in it, through a new lens. To leave us feeling fulfilled, invigorated, transformed. We wear hundreds of hats here in Billings, Montana. But our #1 job, in the end, is to lay the groundwork for this kind of life-changing, expectation-exceeding travel. Your job is simply to soak it all in.

Montana State Parks

Montana State Parks

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Montana State Parks has been managing Montana’s recreational, cultural and historical landscape for 80 years through its 55 parks and 7 National Historic Landmarks.

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website The Alabama Gulf Coast showcases 32 miles of sugar-white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, mixing Southern hospitality with an authentic coastal vibe. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer a family-focused escape for exciting outdoor adventures, thrilling land- and water-based attractions, uncovering history, fishing, golf, and great dining experiences from the ultimate dive joint to cuisine by a James Beard semi-finalist chef. New dive and snorkeling sites, as well as environmental education and sustainability programs, are yet more reasons why “the beach is just the beginning” here!

West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website West Yellowstone, Montana The Heart of Yellowstone, the town of West Yellowstone, Montana, is located just outside of the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, and is a year-round, family-friendly destination with a variety of dining, lodging and attractions. Nestled among majestic mountain peaks, and surrounded by natural scenic wonders, the town is rich in history and activities. Centrally located, only minutes away from some of Yellowstone’s favorite attractions, blue-ribbon trout streams, three lakes, and access to hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails in the surrounding National Forests, outdoor adventures await. With over 150 inches of snowfall annually, winter visitors can enjoy over 50+ km of groomed Nordic ski trails, 400+ miles of groomed snowmobile trails, ice fishing and nationally-known events. They can also take a guided snowcoach or snowmobile tour into Yellowstone National Park, or take a short drive to several downhill ski areas. No matter the season that brings you to West Yellowstone, you are sure to leave with lasting memories. Website Chamber: www.DestinationYellowstone.com Website TBID: www.YellowstoneDestination.com Facebook: @WestYellowstoneChamber (https://www.facebook.com/WestYellowstoneChamber) Twitter: @WYellowstoneMT (https://twitter.com/WYellowstoneMT?lang=en) Instagram: destination.yellowstone (https://www.instagram.com/destination.yellowstone/) Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/westyellowstone/ TripAdvisor: @WYellowstoneMT (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g45399-West_Yellowstone_Montana-Vacations.html)

West Yellowstone Montana TBID

West Yellowstone Montana TBID

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website West Yellowstone, Montana The Heart of Yellowstone, the town of West Yellowstone, Montana, is located just outside of the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, and is a year-round, family-friendly destination with a variety of dining, lodging and attractions. Nestled among majestic mountain peaks, and surrounded by natural scenic wonders, the town is rich in history and activities. Centrally located, only minutes away from some of Yellowstone’s favorite attractions, blue-ribbon trout streams, three lakes, and access to hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails in the surrounding National Forests, outdoor adventures await. With over 150 inches of snowfall annually, winter visitors can enjoy over 50+ km of groomed Nordic ski trails, 400+ miles of groomed snowmobile trails, ice fishing and nationally-known events. They can also take a guided snowcoach or snowmobile tour into Yellowstone National Park, or take a short drive to several downhill ski areas. No matter the season that brings you to West Yellowstone, you are sure to leave with lasting memories. Website Chamber: www.DestinationYellowstone.com Website TBID: www.YellowstoneDestination.com Facebook: @WestYellowstoneChamber (https://www.facebook.com/WestYellowstoneChamber) Twitter: @WYellowstoneMT (https://twitter.com/WYellowstoneMT?lang=en) Instagram: destination.yellowstone (https://www.instagram.com/destination.yellowstone/) Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/westyellowstone/ TripAdvisor: @WYellowstoneMT (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g45399-West_Yellowstone_Montana-Vacations.html)

Tempe Tourism Office

Tempe Tourism Office

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website A vibrant urban oasis in Metropolitan Phoenix, Tempe exudes its own personality. Refreshingly offbeat, Tempe’s a fun town that hosts family-friendly festivals, welcomes outdoor activities and is the proud home of Arizona State University. Tempe cares about community, stresses an active lifestyle and emphasizes a laid-back atmosphere. Here, you’ll find the sports you love, the shopping you crave, the culture you enjoy, the food you’ll want to share and art, architecture and scenery that are perfect for your next post on Instagram.

Blogger Bridge

Blogger Bridge

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website BloggerBridge.com lets companies connect with bloggers • Search through a database of bloggers • Be alerted when bloggers book a trip to a city that you choose to watch • Advertise to some/all bloggers how you would want to work with them. You can filter which bloggers will see this opportunity • Manage lists of bloggers and work flow of the work you are doing with them • Track page views for posts by campaign • Review bloggers or see reviews left by other companies

Glacier Country Destination Missoula Explore Whitefish

Glacier Country Destination Missoula Explore Whitefish

View Sponsor Profile Visit Glacier Website View Sponsor Profile Visit Missoula Website View Sponsor Profile Visit Whitefish Website There’s no denying the charm of Western Montana’s Glacier Country. The quintessential mountain resort town of Whitefish and the hip arts and culture hub of Missoula both offer world-class year-round recreation among jaw-dropping landscapes anchored by Glacier National Park. Robust culinary, art and live music scenes combine with cozy lodging and warm western hospitality to round out the allure of these vibrant destinations. Western Montana’s Glacier Country In Western Montana’s Glacier Country mesmerizing landscapes offer boundless beauty and recreation among some of world’s most charming small towns. Once-in-a-lifetime adventures are found here under impossibly big blue skies. Glacier National Park anchors the region, with 1 million acres of mesmerizing peaks, expansive valleys, 200+ cascading waterfalls and countless glacial lakes, plus one of the most jaw-dropping scenic drives in the country—the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Beyond the park, explore two American Indian reservations, attend a pow wow and immerse yourself in Montana’s heritage. Set sail on Flathead Lake—the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi—explore the storybook village of Bigfork and visit a roadside fruit stand for fresh Flathead cherries. Get on or in countless rivers and blue-ribbon trout streams for floating, rafting, stand-up paddleboarding and world-class fly-fishing. This year-round wonderland is epic in winter, too, boasting seven downhill ski areas plus Nordic adventures, sleigh rides, fat biking, dog sledding and skijoring events. Western Montana’s 75+ communities offer authentic local vibes and warm western hospitality and make up the region’s nine scenic travel corridors, gorgeous byways and backroads of discovery. From Glacier Country’s arts and culture hub of Missoula to the quintessential mountain town of Whitefish and the quaint communities in between, adventure is endless. Explore downtown galleries, museums, live theater and music, and some of the West’s best farmers markets. Discover fine dining, food trucks, culinary festivals and coffee shops, plus more than 30 breweries, nine distilleries, nine wineries and four cideries. Channel your inner cowboy at a working guest ranch, live in the lap of luxury at a mountain resort, sleep in a teepee or go rustic in a cabin or tent. Or, soak in the healing mineral waters at a natural hot spring. There’s more to do in Montana than one lifetime affords, and the authentic experiences here are second to none. Destination Missoula There’s this place where solitude, wilderness and adventure are only minutes from gourmet restaurants, funky local shops and a killer music scene. It’s a place surrounded by mountains where trails start at your front door. This place is Missoula, Montana, and it has the unparalleled natural beauty and cultural vibrancy to make your experience unforgettable. Nestled in the Northern Rockies of Montana, surrounded by seven wilderness areas and at the confluence of three rivers, Missoula is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. On any given day you’ll see anglers gracefully casting in the Clark Fork River. Downstream kayakers and river surfers perform athletic feats atop the man-made Brennan’s Wave. Tubing becomes an alternative form of transportation in the summer as people ride the river right through town. Off the water, they use the trail system that crisscrosses the city, or they cycle the country’s friendliest streets. Missoula is a hive of cultural activities. Its music venues regularly appear on national lists of best places to catch a concert, and you can find a show almost any night of the week. The first Friday of each month is dedicated to celebrating art with downtown galleries and shops welcoming patrons with drinks and appetizers after normal business hours. People seek solitude outside, but they also forge a tight community, coming together while shopping for local produce at farmers markets and attending brew fests that seem to occur every other weekend. Missoula is also a regional destination for shopping and dining, with an abundance of shops, restaurants, cafes, and breweries to fit all budgets and palates. Adventure meets variety in Missoula. It is a place of small-town values and urban amenities, where you can paddle or hike all day and take in a play or concert in the evening. It is a place of mountains and rivers, families and students, art and trails. And it’s time to see this place for yourself. Explore Whitefish Located in the Northern Rocky Mountains of Montana, Whitefish is a small western town with a modern flair, providing close access to some of the most beautiful mountains in the world—the hanging valleys and jagged peaks of Glacier National Park. Each season offers breathtaking opportunities to experience the millions of acres of mountains, forests, lakes, and rivers that surround town in every direction. The people of Whitefish are genuinely friendly and down-to-earth. The town's low-key atmosphere tends to make life in the tight-knit community a happy and warm place to visit. Though you may spot a movie star on occasion, success is measured in terms of how many mountains one has climbed, runs skied or fish caught. The locals are welcoming and willing to share their recreational passions with visitors—freely swapping stories at the local coffeehouses, breweries, and saloons. With its covered sidewalk main street leading to the cultural arts center, historic depot museum and public library, this quaint, picturesque western town offers visitors a change from the fast-paced, hustle and bustle of urban life. Central Avenue is filled with a variety of chef-owned restaurants, unique shopping and lively night life. The culinary and libation scene may surprise even seasoned foodies, with a plethora of ultra-local dining and imbibing experiences around every corner. Lodging choices range from full-service resorts to charming inns, rustic but elegant lodges and cabins, as well as condominiums and vacation homes. Sustainability and geo-tourism have become a focus of the Whitefish story, as the community seeks to inspire visitors to take care of the mountain town and special ecosystem, while welcoming travelers from around the world.


Community Sponsor

Town Pump

Town Pump

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Our Story In 1953, Tom and Mary Kenneally started Town Pump as a small full service gas station in Butte Montana. Town Pump operates full service unbranded gas stations located in separate markets and in separate towns. The separate market strategy allowed for greater protection from price fluctuations and price wars. Founder, Tom Kenneally Sr. would hand his customers his wristwatch to time his oil change guaranteed to take less than 3 minutes or the oil change was free! In 1966, Town Pump was the first gas station in Montana to offer Self-Service gasoline and the first to install bill acceptors directly into the gas pumps. With the addition of Self-Service, Town Pump was able to sell a higher volume at lower prices in order to cover their margins. Today approximately 97% of all gasoline sales in Montana are made via the Self-Service model. The Kenneally’s saw self-service as an opportunity to be more competitive by offering something new. At the time this was a very risky undertaking as most people said it was ludicrous. Many were convinced that there would be explosions due to untrained individual handling this combustible product. In the 1970’s, Town Pump faced its greatest challenge – the Oil Crisis of 1973. Oil prices jumped from $3 per barrel to $12. Town Pump had to quickly and effectively manage the massive gas shortage that had impacted the entire nation. As unbranded independents, Town Pump Inc. struggled to cope with the restrictions and impositions all the major oil companies levied. The supply shortage made it a challenge to buy enough product to fill all their required tanks. This meant service hours had to be severely cut in order to make the gas last longer. Operations were hampered and growth was out of the question. Town Pump’s survival was in jeopardy. The Turning Point The Kenneally family traveled to Washington D.C. to appear for a hearing before the Department of Energy. They requested an allowance to import product from outside the United States when available. It was this successful petition that helped Town Pump survive this tumultuous time by importing oil from Canada using a USA Government assigned Import Quota. The 1980’s began a decade of petroleum products that flooded the market. Town Pump quickly took this market opportunity and expanded its convenience store operations with reinvesting in its stores, adding new product lines and hiring more employees. Town Pump began reinvesting in current locations by building new and larger convenience stores. These stores required more employees and together we began to learn a new business. Some weaker locations did not warrant further investment so we needed to close, sell or lease them to other types of businesses that were considered more viable. In these nine years we stopped selling gasoline at 14 of our pre-1980 locations. In the 1990’s, Town Pump Inc. diversified their business holdings to include truck stops, car washes, laundromats, hotels, quick serve delis, and gaming operations. The “Whole Package” concept is part of Town Pump’s long term strategy of moving forward and never being complacent in the marketplace. By expanding goods and services across Montana – 24 hours a day and responding to their customer’s needs, Town Pump has established itself as one of Montana’s respected Industry Leaders. Through continuous reinvestment we are able to meet our customer’s demands and complement our current business structure. By paying attention to details we have more fuel pumps with less waiting, better lighting for security and comfort, larger parking areas and driving lanes for better traffic flow and extensive inventories to offer more selection for our customer. Today, Town Pump owns and operates over 200 gas station/convenience store, casino, hotel and car wash properties throughout Montana and Idaho. Town Pump will continually strive to be Montana’s Best by: reinvesting all net income back into Montana communities providing the highest quality products and services to meet customer’s needs investing in the best technology available to protect the environment helping others through the Town Pump Charitable Foundation. The world is changing and so is our Town Pump business. It is an absolute requirement from a cost standpoint that we discipline ourselves everyday so we can compete and deliver our best to our customers. This requires from each of us a relentless pursuit to be productive and efficient in everything we do. For well-run companies like our Town Pump, there is never an end to that pursuit. ~ Tom Kenneally, Founder

Big Horn County Museum

Big Horn County Museum

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Take a step back into life as it used to be. The Big Horn County Historical Museum opened in 1979, on a 22 acre farm located east of Hardin, which includes the original farmhouse and barn. Through the years 24 authentic historic structures from throughout the county have been saved and moved to the site. Each building features exhibits that represent that era. Other exhibit buildings have been constructed on site to store horse drawn equipment, an extensive collection of restored tractors, farm equipment and automobiles. In 2012 the museum grounds expanded to 35 acres and a new museum building was constructed. The new facility features a gallery, gift shop, research library, archives, visitor center and offices. Exhibits in the gallery include: Fort Custer on the Big Horn, Plains Indians, Will James, J.H. Sharp, Missionaries on the Reservation and a Millenary Shop. Our complex continues to develop and guests will see the latest restoration efforts as they tour the museum. The museum has become a focal point for our area’s rich culture and provides facilities for community gatherings and educational experiences. A large parking lot makes it easy for RV parking. We encourage you to be our guest!