tourism http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Xanterra Changes Will Impact Cody Tourism http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/xanterra-changes-will-impact-cody-tourism <p></p><p>Yellowstone National Park lost two hundred cabins this spring. They were part of the park’s largest lodging complex. No, it’s not in the Old Faithful area, nor Mammoth. Penny Preston reports it’s in Canyon Village, where the park’s biggest hotel once stood.</p><p>PENNY PRESTON:&nbsp; The Canyon Hotel was Yellowstone’s largest, from 1910, until 1960. It was created by Old Faithful Inn architect Robert Reamer.&nbsp;</p><p>ROBERT REAMER:&nbsp; “My parents used to like to go up there and have dinner.”</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:21:03 +0000 Penny Preston 59126 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Xanterra Changes Will Impact Cody Tourism Wyoming Snowmobile Trail Ranked Fifth in the West http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-snowmobile-trail-ranked-fifth-west <p>Snowest Magazine has ranked the Continental Divide&nbsp;Snowmobile&nbsp;Trail the&nbsp;fifth best&nbsp;trail&nbsp;in the West.&nbsp; Wyoming State&nbsp;Trails&nbsp;Program’s&nbsp;Ron McKinney says the reason the Continental Divide&nbsp;Trail&nbsp;is so popular is that it offers 490 miles of very diverse mountain riding.&nbsp; The&nbsp;trail&nbsp;starts at South Pass and ends at West Yellowstone.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 01:37:23 +0000 Melodie Edwards 51781 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Snowmobile Trail Ranked Fifth in the West Localities outfits hope to draw tourists Yellowstone turned away http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/localities-outfits-hope-draw-tourists-yellowstone-turned-away <p></p><p></p> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 00:04:12 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 48279 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Localities outfits hope to draw tourists Yellowstone turned away Closed parks ticket unlawful visitors http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/closed-parks-ticket-unlawful-visitors <p></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:13:08 +0000 Jordan Harper 48162 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Closed parks ticket unlawful visitors Tourists and workers disgruntled over park closures http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tourists-and-workers-disgruntled-over-park-closures <p>HOST INTRO: As the government shutdown continues, the impacts are evident in Teton County where the economy is closely tied to federal lands and federal workers. Rebecca Huntington has more from Jackson.&nbsp;</p><p>REBECCA HUNTINGTON: Foreign visitors inspect a three-D model of Jackson Hole and use the public restrooms at the Home Ranch welcome center, located on the main highway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. This is where the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce has set up a temporary table to help tourists locked out of national parks by the government shutdown.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:40:58 +0000 Rebecca Huntington 47905 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Tourists and workers disgruntled over park closures Wyoming tourism for 2013 expected to beat last year's http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-tourism-2013-expected-beat-last-years <p>This year the Wyoming Office of Tourism expects to meet or exceed last summer’s record-setting visitation numbers.</p><p>Diane Shober, the state travel and tourism director, says her data comes from national park visitation numbers, and from how many people stop at welcome centers along the state's boundaries. She says the number of visitors to the new welcome center south of Cheyenne has been up 80 percent some weeks from last year. “I am really optimistic that we're going to have an equally good summer in 2013 as we did in 2012,” she says.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:41:45 +0000 Melodie Edwards 45550 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming tourism for 2013 expected to beat last year's Laramie businesses benefit from Jubilee Days http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/laramie-businesses-benefit-jubilee-days <p>Once again, the annual Rodeo event Jubilee Days has come to Laramie and merchants hope it will bring a surge in tourism.&nbsp; Laramie Chamber of Commerce Vice President Josie Davies says that Jubilee Days brings a diversity of tourists to for the week’s events that includes a rodeo, a carnival, and downtown events.&nbsp; Those events do lead to some street closures. Davies says that while some are concerned, she says that all businesses benefit from Jubilee Days.</p><p></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 00:39:29 +0000 Melodie Edwards 43389 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Laramie businesses benefit from Jubilee Days More flights to Jackson Hole planned for winter http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/more-flights-jackson-hole-planned-winter <p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 23:21:32 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 43121 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org More flights to Jackson Hole planned for winter Adventure Race expected to draw tourists to Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/adventure-race-expected-draw-tourists-wyoming <p></p> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 01:03:29 +0000 Luke Hammons 37424 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Adventure Race expected to draw tourists to Wyoming Outdoor recreation is a big driver of Wyoming’s economy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/outdoor-recreation-big-driver-wyoming-s-economy <p>A new report from the Outdoor Industry Association quantifies the economic benefits of outdoor recreation in all fifty states. The study looked at direct spending, jobs, salaries and tax revenue.&nbsp;</p><p>Spokesperson Avery Stonich says the&nbsp;data demonstrates the value of outdoor recreation beyond the obvious&nbsp;–&nbsp;natural beauty and fun.</p><p>“Wyoming has a lot of really great recreation opportunities,” says Stonich, “this produces consumer spending to the tune of four and a half billion dollars every year that’s going directly into the state economy.”</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:00:16 +0000 Sara Hossaini 36829 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Outdoor recreation is a big driver of Wyoming’s economy Wyoming tourism has record year in 2012 http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-tourism-has-record-year-2012 <p>A new report released by the State Tourism Office shows that tourism in Wyoming generated $128 million in tax revenues in 2012. That’s a 7.6% increase over taxes generated by tourism in 2011.</p><p>The number of visitors to the state also grew by 4% from 8.34 million in 2011 to 8.67 million in 2012.</p><p>Diane Shober, Director of the Wyoming Office of Tourism, says that this higher tax revenue might be coming from more focused marketing techniques and increased cooperation between state, local, and private tourism groups.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 01:17:58 +0000 Luke Hammons 36041 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming tourism has record year in 2012 Adventure Race Is Coming To Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/adventure-race-coming-wyoming <p> A company is bringing what they are calling The Epic Adventure Race to the state of Wyoming.&nbsp; Plans are to have the race begin in one portion of the state each year and end up in Casper.&nbsp;</p><p>It will involve Mountain Biking, paddling and trail running.&nbsp; Michael Spiller of the Company Rev 3 says it will feature some of the top adventure racers in the World and will showcase some of Wyoming&rsquo;s famous and historic landscape.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 23:56:51 +0000 Bob Beck 28094 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Adventure Race Is Coming To Wyoming Fire ban leads to drop in park visitors http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fire-ban-leads-drop-park-visitors <p>Wyoming&rsquo;s state parks are getting fewer visitors than usual, and park officials say it&rsquo;s probably because of the ban on campfires.</p><p>State Parks Chief of Operations Bill Westerfield says the decline in visitors will mean less money will be available for future improvements at parks and historic sites.</p><p>&ldquo;The user fees &ndash; camping and day use fees &ndash; go into an enterprise account, and we use that money to build new facilities and to conduct major maintenance on the facilities we have,&rdquo; Westerfield said.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 00:43:30 +0000 Willow Belden 27828 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fire ban leads to drop in park visitors