Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition             ENewsletter       October 5, 2017


1% Tourism Tax for Sustainable and Competitive Growth

A constricted energy industry, resulting in declining state revenues and unaddressed plans for funding public education continue to put pressure on Wyoming’s General Fund revenues—currently the only funding source for the Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT). During the past two legislative sessions alone, WOT has endured a 13.5 percent budget reduction and ranks 31st in marketing in the U.S., falling behind Montana, Utah, Colorado and South Dakota—each of which have dedicated funding sources. If we do not address funding challenges during the upcoming legislative session, Wyoming will continue to see negative impacts deepen across our travel industry and continual erosion in our ability to effectively compete for visitors among other destinationsRead story

2017 Hospitality & Tourism Fall Summit

Hospitality & Tourism Fall Summit
October 11-12, 2017
Saratoga Hot Springs Resort, Saratoga, Wyoming

Please join us in Wyoming’s premier mineral hot springs destination as we focus on vital issues, ideas and collaboration. Click here for agenda and registration »

WTIC October 2017 Legislative Update

Throughout the summer and fall months there has been a lot of proposed activity at both the state and federal level with policy decisions that could significantly impact Wyoming’s hospitality and tourism industry.
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Wyoming Office of Tourism Takes Home Mercury Award at ESTO


September 7, 2017—Cheyenne, Wyoming—The Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) was recently awarded a Mercury Award from the National Council of State Tourism Directors during the U.S. Travel Association’s annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Your Voice Is The Most Important In Protecting and Promoting Our Industry

The WTIC exists solely to protect, promote and serve Wyoming’s hospitality and tourism industry. It is the voice of our membership that defines our focus and guides the direction that we take. What are the biggest challenges that you face with your business?  
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Record Attendance at the 8th Annual WLRA Golf Outing!

The Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association held our 8th annual golf outing at the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club on September 15, 2017. Despite less than favorable weather, the event was attended by a record number of participants and sponsors. Proceeds from the tournament are split between the WLRA and the WLRA Education Foundation.
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Chris Brown, Executive Director l 307.634.8816, chris@wyotravel.org
Copyright 2017 Wyoming Lodging & Restaurant Association

About WTIC

Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition’s mission is to increase the economic impact of the travel industry in Wyoming, provide resources for training, communication, education and acts as one voice for the tourism industry on legislative and government issues affecting the industry.

The Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition represents 75 organizations and related companies such as industry trade associations, chambers of commerce, lodging tax boards, events and attractions.


October 11-12, 2017
Fall Hospitality & Tourism Summit, Saratoga, WY

February 26-27, 2018
Governor's Conference Cheyenne, WY

Industry News

In today’s highly competitive global marketplace, travel promotion is essential to drive new visitors and deliver economic benefits to communities across the country.

$4,400 average each overseas traveler spends while visiting the U.S.


Travel Employment Strong as Unemployment Dips Back to 16-Year Low

The travel industry added 13,400 jobs in July, according to the U.S. Travel Association’s analysis of Friday’s Labor Department employment report, which also showed that the national unemployment rate returned to a 16-year low of 4.3 percent. Travel industry employment has grown every month in 2017 so far, adding an average of 9,500 jobs per month.


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