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Wed January 28, 2009
Jackson tourism lags
By Renny MacKay
Laramie, WYo. – Almost all figures point to a ten- to 15-percent drop off from last year for Teton County. That goes for air travelers and occupancy rates in area hotels and condos. The executive director of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Tim O'Donoghue, says it is the slowest he's seen during the decade he's lived in the community.
"Jackson Hole in general, its economy has been going strong since the early 90s. And our national economy has had ups and downs but we've been fairly insulated from that until the last six months or so."
O'Donoghue says there have been some layoffs and some businesses didn't hire to normal levels this winter, but he also says things could have been much worse.
O'Donoghue points to dismal advance bookings this fall, but he says what saved the community is good snow and great deals offered to tourists domestically and internationally.