winter tourism http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Yellowstone National Park releases new winter use plan http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/yellowstone-national-park-releases-new-winter-use-plan <p>Winter visitors to Yellowstone National Park may soon get to explore the park on self-guided snowmobile tours, according to the new proposed Winter Use Plan released today.</p><p>The plan includes guidelines for how many visitors can enter the park on snowmobiles and snow coaches, and also allows for visitors to tour the park without a professional guide, which is currently required.</p><p>However, Park Superintendent Dan Wenk says that participants of non-commercially guided tours will still have to meet minimum standards.</p> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 00:56:53 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 37083 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Yellowstone National Park releases new winter use plan 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 Jackson Hole is expecting a big weekend http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/jackson-hole-expecting-big-weekend <p>Jackson tourism officials are expecting a busy New Year’s holiday.&nbsp;</p><p>The lodging barometer, which measures lodging bookings for the valley shows occupancy at 72-percent of full for the Saturday before New Year’s.&nbsp; That’s up significantly from last year’s 59-percent and the 49-percent that was recorded in 2010.</p><p>Kate Foster of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce says the turnaround is based on a couple of things.</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 01:50:57 +0000 Irina Zhorov & Ir 34561 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Jackson Hole is expecting a big weekend