By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Gov. Mark Gordon is encouraged to see a rebound in Wyoming’s tourism industry, he said during a news conference Tuesday.
RVs and motor coaches have been hitting the Wyoming interstates and cities and counties are reporting that their sales tax revenues are stronger than expected, he said, adding that visitation levels are running from 72% to 75% of what they were in 2019.
Gordon noted during the conference that Yellowstone National Park’s Wyoming gates opened two weeks before most other national parks across the country. He pointed to Yellowstone’s Memorial Day numbers and how they were comparable to 2019.
“Wyoming is the place to come,” Gordon said. “It’s essential we have a safe place for visitors to come.”
The fact that some rodeos are being held around the state and the Thunderbirds coming to Cheyenne despite the cancellation of the Frontier Days Rodeo indicates the state is making progress in moving past the pandemic, he said.
“We need to continue to try and have the kind of summer we all want to have,” Gordon said. “We’re starting to see more activity than maybe we’ve seen in the past.”