Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition             ENewsletter       November 13, 2017





Fall Hospitality and Tourism Summit Visits Saratoga!

Nearly 100 hospitality and tourism leaders from across Wyoming attended the 2017 Fall Hospitality and Tourism Summit in beautiful Saratoga, Wyoming last month. The weather was perfect and the content was extremely valuable and varied.
The annual summit kicked off on Tuesday, October 10 with Chuck and Lori Box warmly welcoming members of the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association, Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition and Wyoming Tourism Boards into their home for a pre-conference reception. 

WTIC November 2017 Legislative Update

As we head through the Fall and towards Winter and the 2018 Legislative Budget Session the Wyoming Legislature has been engaged in a very busy interim. Seeking solutions to fund the $400 Million deficit with Education Funding,

The Joint Revenue Committee has been tasked with coming up three separate proposals to help offset the $400 million shortfall for education funding in Wyoming.

BIG WYO Award Nominations Now Being Accepted!

Each year the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association is proud to present the BIG WYO Award to a private sector individual who has done an outstanding job promoting tourism for the State of Wyoming. The awards committee, made up of past BIG WYO winners and members of the WLRA Executive Committee, selects the winner. Nominations for the 2018 award may be submitted to the WLRA office.
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New Website!

The Wyoming Travel Industry Coalition is excited to announce the launch of our new website. On the site you will be able to keep up with current positions, news and all happenings related to the hospitality and tourism industry in Wyoming. We will be regularly updating our content with helpful information, articles, announcements and events.

Preserving Our National Parks: Raising Entrance Fees Can’t Be the Only Solution

The National Park Service (NPS) has proposed increasing the entrance fee to popular parks during peak visitor season in order to pay for needed repairs and improvements. While the travel community believes that user fees should be part of the discussion, we also emphasize that it must be just one of many approaches to tackle NPS’ maintenance backlog—including dedicated government funding. 
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The Importance of Making a First Impression

The above photo was taken on the main street of a small business into which I recently walked.

After reading the sign on the front door before I went in, my first impression had already been clearly established.
I consistently mention in my Customer Service programs about the critical importance and value of first impressions. It is one of the ingredients that helps build customers for life.

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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.


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

Industry News

Wyoming businesses, lawmakers support proposed leisure and hospitality tax

Last week leaders from the restaurant and lodging industries expressed their support to the Joint Revenue Committee for a tax that could end the Wyoming Office of Tourism’s dependence on the state’s general fund.

In its quest to identify sources of money for government services amid an economic downturn, the Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Revenue Interim Committee heard testimony on a proposed tax for the state’s second leading industry: tourism.

A draft bill currently being considered for the committee’s sponsorship would impose a 1 percent excise tax on the sale of tourism activities within the state. A tourism activity is defined in the proposed legislation as a sale by any vendor in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) regarded as arts, entertainment and recreation, as well as accommodation and food service. This would include promoters of performing arts and sports, museums, historical sites, RV parks, full-service restaurants and bars.


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