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Survey: Casper needs more convention center space

Governor Mark Gordon dances with First Lady Jennie Gordon during their inaugural ball at the Little America Hotel and Convention Center on Jan. 7, 2019, in Cheyenne. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — A survey found that Casper needs more convention space in order to “become a better or world-class visitor destination.”

Visit Casper asked an organization known as DestinationNEXT to conduct the study.

The Natrona County Travel & Toursim Council, which is Visit Casper’s board, discussed the study during their Tuesday, June 25 meeting.

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Survey responses came from 96 Casper community and government leaders, tourism stakeholders and Destination Marketing Organization directors and staff.

30% of survey respondents said that adding convention space would be the best thing Casper could do to attract more visitors. 15% said Casper needs more attractions and entertainment and 15% said better mobility and access should be the main priority.

The survey compiled some of the responses from those who thought convention space should be the priority:

-A Convention Space to attract the large conferences, we have a great location

-Build a Convention Center

-Build a Convention Center downtown that would be within walking distance of stores and restaurants. Make all of downtown like the Yellowstone District.

-Build a true new hotel and convention center

-Conference/Convention Center

-Convention Center

-Convention Center besides Event Center

-Improved convention facilities

-Larger convention space. Cheyenne and Jackson seem to get the trade group conventions due to size limitations in Casper

Casper Area, WY DestinationNEXT Assessment

Casper is set to get back some convention space once the new Clarion Inn at Platte River opens, which is expected to happen this summer. That hotel and conference space will be at the former Parkway Plaza once renovations are complete.

With the Clarion Inn expected to open, some other groups have pulled back from plans to construct new convention center space.

The Amoco Reuse Agreement Joint Powers Board had been exploring the possibility, but decided to put their plans on hold due to the Clarion coming to town.

This article also explores Casper’s lack of conference space relative to communities like Cheyenne, where new construction of a new convention space is expected to begin in the fall.