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Register Today for the 2017 Wyoming Governor's Hospitality and Tourism Conference!

The 2017 Wyoming Governor’s Hospitality and Tourism Conference will be held in Cheyenne at the Little America Hotel and Resort from January 29-31, 2017. As always, the conference will feature nationally recognized industry speakers presenting usable, pertinent content to an audience of hospitality and tourism leaders from across Wyoming. The conference represents the largest hospitality and tourism related gathering in Wyoming and is an event you will not want to miss. To learn more and to register today please visit  

December 2016 Legislative Update

As the January 10, 2017 start of the 64th Wyoming Legislature draws near, the Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition is focused on a handful of issues that may be impactful to our industry. Read More »

Court Suspends Overtime Rule for Millions of Workers

Over the past few months, employers have been attempting to adjust employees' schedules and pay to prepare for the Dec. 1 overtime rule change. Now, the fate of the rule is up in the air, as a Texas federal judge issued a nationwide injunction on Tuesday against the regulation. The ruling is being applauded by business groups who feel the pay raises would result in fewer hours for workers. The injunction is only a temporary measure that suspends the regulation until the judge can issue a ruling. "The court’s preliminary injunction opinion sends very strong signals that the court will ultimately grant the permanent injunction, but that’s not a given," Hunton & Williams partner Ryan Glasgow tells LODGING. Read More »

Sports Destination Management is Proud to Announce the 2016 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism!

The Cam-Plex and National High School Finals Rodeo 2016 are on the Small Market Champions list of winners for the 2016 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management! This exciting news was announced in a special feature recently published in the November/December issue of Sports Destination Management and can also be found live on sportsdestinations.comRead More »

U.S. Travel Members Recognized As Top Lobbyists in D.C.

The Hill, one of the Beltway's leading news sources, is out with its annual list of "Top Lobbyists 2016: Associations." I was very pleased—though certainly not surprised—to see many of our colleagues recognized. Among those honored by The Hill were several U.S. Travel board members, including: Geoff Freeman of American Gaming Association; Katharine Lugar of American Hotel & Lodging Association; Cicely Simpson of National Restaurant Association; Thomas Donohue and R. Bruce Josten of U.S. Chamber of Commerce; as well as our own Roger Dow—a testament to the collective success and strength of our united industry. Read More »

Task Force Aims to up Outdoor Recreation in Wyoming

A new task force plans to meet in Cheyenne next month to begin discussing ways the state can grow its outdoor recreation sector. Topics will also include improvement of recreation infrastructure and potential business expansion opportunities. The group, formally named the Outdoor Recreation Task Force, was initiated by Gov. Matt Mead last month. “Wyoming has world-class opportunities for hunting, fishing, photography and other outdoor recreation,” Mead said in a statement at the time. “Many of our fondest memories are with friends and family in the outdoors. The task force will build on the considerable work already done and offer ideas to improve outdoor recreation opportunities, marketing and business recruitment.” The task force is being led by the state Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.  Read More »

Yellowstone Total Visitation up 3.6%, Despite October slump

Visitation numbers for October decreased in Yellowstone National Park. The overall decrease for October 2016 totaled nearly 4 percent below October 2015. However, the first 10 months of 2016 are up 3.6 percent compared to the previous year. When comparing visitation for the first 10 months of 2016 with the same period in 2014, the park experienced a 21 percent increase (729,174 more visits) in 2016. The net change in visitation, year-to-date was an increase of 3.6 percent. Read More »