Wyoming Releases 2018 Travel Stats
Travel spending by visitors to the Cowboy State reached more than $3.8 billion, according to the 2018 Wyoming Travel Impacts Report, which was an increase of 6.8 percent over 2017.
The report, completed by Dean Runyan Associates, shows a steady increase in traveler spending and visitor volume, which had a record 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, in a press release. “Our research highlights successes from the Wyoming Office of Tourism, local lodging tax boards, and private businesses.”
Here are a few quick facts from the report:
- Wyoming welcomed 8.9 million overnight visitors in 2018, a 2 percent increase from 2017.
- Domestic and international visitors spent approximately $3.8 billion while traveling in Wyoming.
- The travel industry in Wyoming continues to see a steady increase in visitor spending, 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 Wyoming’s 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, 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.