Wyoming welcomed record number of tourists in 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming attracted a record number of tourists — and their money — in 2015, according to preliminary numbers, The Winnipeg Free Press reported.

Lower fuel prices, well executed marketing campaigns and more foreign travelers all had a part in boosting travel in Wyoming and nationwide, state Office of Tourism Executive Director Diane Shober said.

“The natural strategic result is high visitation and a high volume of spending,” Shober said.

According to preliminary numbers, a record 10.5 million people visited Wyoming last year, an increase of 4.2 percent from the 10.1 visitors in 2014.

Shober said nationally the tourism growth rate was 2.4 percent in 2015.

Over the last decade, visitation to Wyoming has increased 48 percent.

Travel spending in the state grew nearly $3.4 billion in 2015, an increase of $9 million over the previous year. The visitor spending generated $175 million in local and state tax revenues, up 7.4 percent in 2015 compared to $163 million in 2014. Since 2005, tax revenues generated by the tourism and hospitality industry have grown by more than 86 percent, the tourism office says.

Shober said travelers also spent a record $770 million on accommodation last year.

In addition, part- and full-time jobs in the state’s travel industry grew by 690 last year to nearly 32,000.

 

Source: Winnipeg Free Press

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