More Tourists Keep Coming To Wyoming
In 2018, Wyoming made $3.8 billion off of tourism, which was a 6.8% increase from 2017, according to BuckRail.
Behind mineral extraction, tourism is the second biggest revenue generator for the state. This is why you see so many restaurants and hotels going up so quickly because the state doesn't have enough to keep up with the demand. 32,290 are employed in Wyoming either through leisure or hospitality businesses, making this state the largest for private sector employees. Wyoming saw 8.9 million overnight visitors in 2018, which was a 2% increase. Yearly travel through the state brings in $196 million a year in local and state taxes.
“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 to BuckRail. “Our research highlights successes from the Wyoming Office of Tourism, local lodging tax boards and private businesses.”
Diane Shober expects 2019 to even be busier with the state celebrating 150 years of women's' suffrage.
“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 capital.” Shober also told BuckRail.