BIG SKY, Mont. – Big Sky has been picked to host the prestigious Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Trade Ministerial in May 2011. APEC has 21 Member Economies representing more than half of global economic output and almost half of world trade. This high-level trade ministerial is held annually in different host countries and Big Sky was chosen as the location for the United States’ meeting next spring.
“We feel honored having been chosen to host this international summit of trade leaders,” said Taylor Middleton, Big Sky Resort General Manager. “Our large meeting facilities, sitting high in Montana’s mountain peaks and located right beside America’s Yellowstone National Park provide a spectacular setting for these delegates from around the world.”
Big Sky will host 800 to 1,000 attendees for the ministerial, who will be using the Yellowstone Conference Center and Big Sky’s 55,000 square feet of meeting space within easy walking distance to the Mountain Village featured properties including the Summit Hotel, Shoshone Condominiums, Village Center and Huntley Lodge. Big Sky’s professional meeting facilities are located in the Yellowstone National Park ecosystem in Southwest Montana.
The announcement was made by U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk who highlighted the benefits of choosing Big Sky as a host site for APEC, the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. While Kirk was searching for a U.S. host site, Montana’s senior senator Max Baucus worked hard to promote his home state as an ideal location for the meeting.
“Montana represents the best of what America has to offer, and I am proud that APEC Trade Ministers will be able to see it first-hand,” said Senator Baucus. “From our top quality beef to our hearty wheat and our unmatched natural resources, Montana’s hard-working ranchers, farmers and other exporters produce world-class goods for the global market. Ambassador Kirk’s decision to host APEC in Big Sky will highlight how important the quickly expanding Asia-Pacific markets are for Montana exporters. I fought hard to bring this event to Montana, and I will continue working hard to ensure this event is a success.”
“The American West has always been a place of limitless possibility. Bringing the APEC Trade Ministers to Montana will broaden our horizons both literally and figuratively, giving our partners a fresh perspective on the diverse places from which America’s entrepreneurs and exports can spring,” said Ambassador Kirk. “As we welcome our 20 APEC partners, USTR will seek to further the President’s goal of supporting jobs through exports, while increasing cooperation and economic integration across the Asia-Pacific. USTR extends its deep appreciation to the Big Sky community and to Montana’s leaders for opening their doors to the world in 2011.”
APEC’s 21 Member Economies are the United States; Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; China; Hong Kong; Indonesia; Japan; Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; The Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand and Vietnam.