Summer 2021 beat out 2020 for record-breaking tourism in Wyoming

A bison walks across a boardwalk in Yellowstone National Park, on June 28, 2021. (melissamn / Shutterstock)

By Elyse Kelly, The Center Square

Tourism in Wyoming boomed in summer 2021, blowing past 2020’s numbers and even pre-pandemic years.

The state’s Economic Analysis Division’s data shows the state collected approximately 85% more in tax receipts this year over 2020, with $3.2 million more in June and $5 million more in July, the Casper Star Tribune reported.

Michell Howard, senior director of brand strategy for the Wyoming Office of Tourism, said the state has done well compared to other states for intrinsic reasons, and they have played to those strengths to build momentum.

“Fortunately, Wyoming’s product is a natural fit for travelers in a COVID-19 world,” she told The Center Square. “Our wide-open spaces and sparse population were key attributes for almost anyone considering a vacation during the summer of 2020. We leaned in to promoting these attributes and worked hard to elevate our partners across Wyoming to encourage responsible travel to our state.”

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Tourism in Wyoming boomed in summer 2021, blowing past 2020’s numbers and even pre-pandemic years.

The state’s Economic Analysis Division’s data shows the state collected approximately 85% more in tax receipts this year over 2020, with $3.2 million more in June and $5 million more in July, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

Michell Howard, senior director of brand strategy for the Wyoming Office of Tourism, said the state has done well compared to other states for intrinsic reasons, and they have played to those strengths to build momentum.

“Fortunately, Wyoming’s product is a natural fit for travelers in a COVID-19 world,” she told The Center Square. “Our wide-open spaces and sparse population were key attributes for almost anyone considering a vacation during the summer of 2020. We leaned in to promoting these attributes and worked hard to elevate our partners across Wyoming to encourage responsible travel to our state.”

The Center Square is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on state- and local-level government and economic reporting.