Ambassador Profile: Mike Bailey #helpatourist
Promoting tourism in Fremont County is everyone’s responsibility. We’re all ambassadors for this great community. To ensure that we’re all equipped with the stories of Wind River Country that make our culture fascinating and unique, the Wind River Visitors Council has sponsored this #helpatourist content series.
Mike Bailey owns Bailey Tire and Auto Services in Wyoming’s Wind River Country. His business is dependent upon travelers, and he knows the value of making a warm impression on visitors. Mike demonstrates how to be an ambassador by helping tourists. In turn, he helps his town.
Jennie Hutchinson of the Wind River Visitors Council sat down with Mike for a chat about the travel and tourism industry.
What does tourism mean to you?
The more we can get tourists to visit Riverton and surrounding area buying gas, getting their cars fixed, eating in restaurants, staying in hotels, the more we do to support our economy. It’s what we all survive on. It’s huge to get those tourism dollars coming through the county.
In my line of work, we help people that break down. We have an opportunity to make a good impression. There’s nothing worse than being stranded in a strange town. The better we can treat those folks and get them back on the road doing the things they want to do, the better impression we’re going to leave of Riverton and they are more likely to come back and tell their friends.
Are you ready for the August Wind River Eclipse?
Ready as we’re going to be. We’re trying to stock up. Because you don’t know if you’re going to get 5,000 or 20,000 people, that makes it extremely challenging as to what you should do. All I can do is be stocked up on everything we normally sell, limit vacations, and maybe find some extra summer help.
How can you be an ambassador? Tell travelers about the Wind River Indian Reservation driving tour map, produced by the Wind River Visitors Council. They’ll find them at the chambers of commerce and vendors throughout the county.
About the Wind River Visitors Council
The Wind River Visitors Council’s mission is to stimulate tourism by increasing awareness of and encouraging visitation to, the unique destinations, activities, and events in Fremont County/Wind River Country, Wyoming. The Wind River Visitors Council (WRVC) is a Lodging Tax Board responsible for promoting the travel and tourism industry in Fremont County through expenditures of the lodging tax. WRVC Board members represent our communities and the county and are appointed by local City Councils and the Fremont County Commissioners. Learn more at windriver.org.