Hey, folks – I thought that I’d step aside and let the State of Wyoming tell you about National Tourism Week, which is coming up May 7-15. They have all the information, I’ll just pass it on to you!
Governor Matt Mead will sign a proclamation Wednesday May 4, 2011 designating May 7-15, 2011 as National Travel & Tourism Week in Wyoming. The signing, along with a travel rally will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the capitol building in Cheyenne. Following the rally, a Reach awards luncheon will take place at Little America, acknowledging the best in customer service from front line employees. Governor Mead is authorizing and requesting that communities across Wyoming observe this week through events and activities that promote Wyoming’s tourism industry.
Kristin Phipps, Industry Services Specialist at Wyoming Travel & Tourism and coordinator of National Travel & Tourism Week conveys, “National Tourism Week allows us to bring all facets of the tourism industry to the forefront of people’s mind. This year, in conjunction with communities across America and the US Travel Association, we are staging a travel rally in conjunction with the proclamation that will allow us to acknowledge and demonstrate how many people are involved in the hospitality industry.”
According to Diane Shober, Director of Wyoming Travel and Tourism, “Tourism impacts every person in Wyoming and contributes $2.6 billion in travel expenditures, $108 million annually in state and local tax revenues while employing nearly 30,000 people which generates an annual payroll of $690 million.” In fact, tourism is Wyoming’s second largest industry surpassed only by oil, gas and minerals.
The Wyoming Office of Tourism will host an open house on May 12th during National Tourism Week at the Cheyenne Welcome Center. Several communities across Wyoming also have open houses, rallies and front line employee recognition events planned. Cody is offering a “Be a Cody Tourist” pass to its hospitality employees, giving them access to Cody’s top tourist attractions. Sweetwater County and Cody are both handing out balloons, thank you posters and lifesaver rolls with a message “You’re a Lifesaver”, to every single hotel, restaurant and attraction. Buffalo’s Jim Gatchell & Occidental Hotel & Museum will be hosting their open house with free guided tours and refreshments. They have also created a Passport Program where elementary and middle school kids can hunt for clues that lead them to their local attractions. These communities have also planned the Travel rally day and REACH award presentations.
For more information on what each community is planning, visit www.wyomingofficeoftourism.gov.