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Wyo. Office of Tourism- Visitor spending up for 2018

Crowds gather in the David Street Station outdoor plaza during the Casper Art Walk on Thursday, May 3, 2018 in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Wyoming’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry say that travel spending by visitors in Wyoming reached more than $3.8 billion in 2018. The number is an increase of 6.8 percent from 2017, according to the 2018 Wyoming Travel Impacts Report, done by Dean Runyan Associates.  

A statement from the Wyoming Office of Tourism says that the newly released study shows record visitor spending and economic impact in 2018. 

“Throughout 2018, Wyoming’s tourism industry maintained its excellence in welcoming visitors with the state’s beautiful scenery and innovative events,” said Diane Shober, executive director for the Wyoming Office of Tourism. “Our research highlights successes from the Wyoming Office of Tourism, local lodging tax boards and private businesses.”

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The report, which was released May 6, shows a steady increase in traveler spending and visitor volume. The report also includes detailed state and county economic impact numbers showcasing the direct effects of travel in the Cowboy State. 

According to the report:

  • Wyoming welcomed 8.9 million overnight visitors in 2018, a 2% increase from 2017. 
  • Domestic and international visitors spent approximately $3.8 billion while traveling in Wyoming.  
  • Travel spending in 2018 saw an increase of 6.8 percent over the previous year.  
  • The travel industry in Wyoming continues to see a steady increase in visitor spend, with an average increase of 3.7 percent annually since 2007.  
  • The leisure and hospitality industry directly supports 32,290 jobs in Wyoming, making it the largest private sector employer in the state.  
  • Travel spending generates around $196 million in local and state tax revenue.  

“Our efforts continue to expand a welcome to people from around the nation and the world each year,” Shober continued. “In 2019, we will continue to reach visitors, especially as we look forward to the 150th anniversary of women’s suffrage and the grand reopening of our historic capitol.” 

In 2019, Wyoming will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. The Wyoming Office of Tourism will be encouraging visitors to experience places and events related to Wyoming’s 150th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, from women’s retreats to speeches about Wyoming women’s history, the celebration will occur across the state.