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Industry Meets with Governor Mead to Promote Tourism

Earlier this month WTIC President Aaron McCreight, along with John Johnson (President-Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association) Renee Middleton (Chairman-Wyoming Office of Tourism Board of Directors) and industry advocates Chris Brown and Barbara Stafford met with Governor Mead to support the Wyoming Office of Tourism 2015-2016 bi-ennium budget request.

The group emphasized the tremendous value of Wyoming’s tourism industry and outlined the various components of the budget request. In addition to the details shared by WOT Director Diane Shober at the annual Tourism and Hospitality Fall Summit ($2.4M in continued funding for deepening existing markets, $300,000 to account for inflation on marketing dollars and two part time employees for the SE welcome center) the group also requested $3M to open the new market of Seattle.

The Governor listened intently and voiced his continued support of the tourism industry. He did not agree to any dollar amounts or indicate that he would support any specific request but he was overall attentive and receptive to our requests.

Governor Mead did note at the end of our meeting that he would need to be able to count on the strength of the industry to support his budget recommendations to the legislature and we assured him that he could count on us.

Barbara Stafford and I have been reaching out to tourism leaders around the state planning meetings with your local legislators. It is imperative that you meet face to face with those representing you to ensure that they clearly understand the impact tourism has on your communities when they arrive at the Capitol in February.

Please take a few minutes to review our latest tourism talking points sheet. We look forward to a productive meeting with you and your legislators soon.

Chris Brown

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