Big Sky Wins Big at State Tourism Conference

BIG SKY, Mont. - Big Sky Resort was recently recognized at the annual Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation in Great Falls, MT with three Montana Tourism Award nominations. The nominations included Meg O'Leary, Big Sky Resort Director of Sales and Marketing for Montana Tourism Person of the Year, Big Sky Big Grass Bluegrass Festival for Tourism Event of the Year, and Big Sky as the host of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) for Tourism Community of the Year.

Meg O'Leary was named Montana Tourism Person of the Year for her exceptional contributions to Montana tourism at both Big Sky Resort and in the greater community. A native Montanan, Meg O'Leary has deeply invested herself in promoting her home state through her work at Big Sky Resort, leadership as an inaugural board member of the Big Sky Convention and Visitors' Bureau, founding member of the Big Sky Transportation District, chairperson of the Big Sky Lodging Association, and highly noted for her work helping to secure many direct flights to the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.

"Meg's efforts towards growing Montana tourism have permeated the state at every level," said Taylor Middleton, Big Sky Resort General Manager.

Big Sky won again when named Tourism Community of the Year for its work hosting APEC in May of 2011. Through the partnerships of Montana businesses, community organizations, and government offices, Big Sky brought in over 2,000 national and international visitors to the region; promoting Montana as a destination on an international level and provided Montana businesses a unique opportunity to promote their products to foreign economies. Through these efforts, APEC exemplified a successful Montana event taken on by a community to promote and foster tourism in Montana.

"As the largest winter tourism community in Montana, Big Sky works hard to promote visitation to the region," said Middleton. "We are so proud of the exceptional people in our company and community, and their ability to work together to bring international recognition to Big Sky."

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