Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition                    E-newsletter August 31, 2018               




Legislative/Election Update

The 2018 Wyoming Primary Election was held last week on Tuesday, August 21. A crowded field of republican gubernatorial candidates dominated the headlines leading up to Election Day with Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon prevailing. He will face democratic challenger and former legislator Mary Throne in the General Election on November 6, 2018.

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GSA Releases New Federal Per Diem Rates for October 2018

The General Services Administration (GSA) released federal per diem rates yesterday for FY 2019 that will go into effect October 1, 2018, which show an increase to the standard continental United States (CONUS) rate from $93 per night for lodging to a new rate of $94.

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Save the Date!

Hospitality & Tourism Fall Summit

October 10th & 11th, 2018

Holiday Inn, Laramie, WY

Please join us in Laramie this Fall as we focus on vital issues, ideas and collaboration!

Registration, agenda and room block information is coming out next week!

  

 

Register Today!

WLRA 9th Annual Golf Classic
September 14, 2018
Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club, Jackson, Wyoming

Swing into Education!
Mark your calendar to participate in this premier event helping benefit the WLRA Education Foundation and its ProStart Programs in Wyoming schools.

For Registration information click here

For Sponsorship information click here

For a list of WLRA member properties that have graciously offered special lodging rates for our event please click here

 

 

H2B Worker Visa Update

With the 2018 filing season behind us, the WTIC is looking forward to 2019 to see if employers will get any relief from the cap of 66,000 H2B visas. Some estimates put the demand for these workers at about 3 times as much as the current cap.

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Register Now- Alternative Funding for Tourism Webinar-Statewide Lodging Tax

For nearly two years the boards of directors from the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association, the Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition and the Wyoming Tourism Board have worked to find an alternative and more competitive funding source to grow the visitor economy and to get the Wyoming Office of Tourism off of the states general fund.

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Taxation and Resort Fees

The Wyoming Dept. of Revenue (DOR) contacted our office to explain some inconsistencies they are seeing related to the resort fees and services charges that many businesses assess their customers. Please read below to ensure that your business is correctly listing and taxing any additional surcharges.

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Chris Brown, Executive Director l 307.634.8816, chris@wyotravel.org
Copyright 2017 Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition

 

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.

Calendar

o   Alternate Tourism Funding Webinar- September 6, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

 

o   9th Annual WLRA Golf Classic. Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis.  Sept 14, 2018

 

o   Fall Hospitality and Tourism Summit.  Holiday Inn, Laramie Oct 10-11, 2018

 

Governor’s Hospitality and Tourism Conference. Little America, Cheyenne.  Jan 27-29, 2019

 


 

 


 

 


 

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