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DENVER, COLO. — January 27, 2021 — After a nationwide search, Visit Big Sky announced Karsh Hagan as its new agency of record. Karsh Hagan, a Denver, Colorado-based multi-disciplined branding and digital agency, will help transform Visit Big Sky’s messaging and identity to drive business growth during off-peak travel to increase the visitor economy's economic impact.
The Visit Big Sky Board was unanimously impressed by the agency’s ability to use data to inform campaign storytelling and effectiveness. Karsh Hagan brings 38 years of tourism expertise and creative prowess through groundbreaking campaigns such as the Colorado Tourism Office’s “Come to Life” and Aspen’s “Give A Flake” sustainability messaging.
Visit Big Sky promotes and develops authentic tourism experiences that grow Big Sky’s economy and sustain its residents' quality of life. Beyond winter, visitors enjoy the vast wilderness and outdoor recreation of the Big Sky region via hiking, biking, backpacking, fishing, white water rafting, and camping. Visitors can take advantage of a host of lodging, dining, and shopping that Big Sky offers.
“While Big Sky was the largest bed tax collector in Montana this year, we know that once the world opens back up to travel, there will be more competition than ever before to attract visitors. The goal has always been to increase sustainable tourism, and one key factor in doing so is dispersing the time visitors come throughout the year,” said Visit Big Sky Board President Tim Drain.
“We found ourselves resonating with Visit Big Sky’s commitment to sustainable tourism, considering ways to expand their seasonality and dreaming of helping new visitors find and fall in love with all of the natural wonders Big Sky has,” Said Kathy Hagan, Co-CEO, Karsh Hagan.
Karsh Hagan will promote travel during off-peak times, including summer and spring, and attract travelers visiting nearby Yellowstone National Park. The partnership with Karsh Hagan will continue to further the Board’s mission.
Visit Big Sky, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit membership organization, is the official destination marketing and management organization for the greater Big Sky Area, which includes within the Big Sky Resort Area District (BSRAD) boundary, plus the geography that extends twenty miles to the north and twenty miles to the south from the intersection of US Hwy 191 and MT Hwy 64. 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 the quality of life for its residents. Outdoor recreation is offered in the Big Sky region, including but not limited to backcountry hikes, blue-ribbon trout streams, whitewater rafting experience, and abundant wildlife and wildflowers. Big Sky is the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, with the west entrance just under an hour to the south. In the winter, Big Sky is home to the “Biggest Skiing in America,” with more than 5,800 acres of skiable terrain spreading across four mountains, 4,350 vertical feet, and 85 km of award-winning Nordic trails.
Phil Karsh and Tom Hagan founded the agency in 1977 on the love of a great idea. Headquartered in Denver, Karsh Hagan is a boldly independent, multi-disciplined branding, marketing, and technology agency and has been a market leader in the Rocky Mountain region for 40 years. As a purpose-driven agency, we solve business problems with creative solutions that generate positive results and add lasting value to people's lives. Current clients include the Colorado Tourism Office, Denver International Airport, FIRST ONSITE, Northern Light Health, Panacea Life Sciences, Pinnacle Bank and Bank of Colorado, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and VISIT DENVER.
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