Wyoming Travel and Tourism announced this week that Governor Matt Mead will sign a proclamation on Thursday, May 3rd, designating May 5-13, 2012 as National Travel & Tourism Week in Wyoming. The signing will take place at 2:30 pm. at the Capitol Building in Cheyenne.
To help celebrate the declaration, the Governor has asked for communities across Wyoming to join in events and activities that promote Wyoming’s tourism industry over the next week.
“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 will host a travel rally during the proclamation signing. We invite everyone who works in lodging, transportation, restaurants and activities to join us so that we can acknowledge and demonstrate how many people are involved in Cheyenne’s hospitality industry,” says Shannon Stanfill, Visitor Services Manager at Wyoming Office of Tourism.
The Wyoming Office of Tourism will host an open house on May 10th during National Tourism Week at the Cheyenne Welcome Center and the Northeast Welcome Centre.
“Tourism impacts every person in Wyoming and contributes $2.8 billion in travel expenditures, million annually in state and local tax revenues while employing nearly 30,000 people which generates an annual payroll of 729 million,” says Diane Shober, Director of Wyoming Travel and Tourism.
Tourism is Wyoming’s second largest industry surpassed only by oil, gas and minerals, with Yellowstone National Park drawing in over 3 million visitors annually.