Ambassador Profile: Mike Chingman #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.
On an autumn day some years ago, Mike Chingman of sales and marketing at the Shoshone Rose Casino and Hotel was out on his daily run past the Sacajawea Cemetery and Roberts Episcopal Mission.
“There’s this row of trees on that road, and fall had hit. To me it was always beautiful seeing it, but I saw a lady taking pictures and she stopped me,” recalls Chingman. The woman and her traveling partner were from New York and had just visited Sacajawea’s gravesite. She told him she just had to stop to take this picture of the trees with the mountains and church in the background.
“Now I always think of that lady and seeing what she was seeing,” he reflects.
Sharing perspectives is a big part of why Chingman has landed in the hospitality industry.
“We really embrace tourism,” he says of the Wind River Reservation community. “To showcase our reservation from the Wind River Canyon to Bull Lake to Moccasin Lake to our mountains. And not just the landscapes but our cultural values and our traditional singing and dancing.”
The value of sharing viewpoints and experiences isn’t the only reason Chingman believes in the importance of tourism: the economic boost to his neighbors, friends, and familyThe Fort Washakie area benefits from welcoming travelers, he notes.
“I’d encourage tourists to really stop in on the Wind River Reservation. There’s awesome beadwork, a lot of families that are really talented in artwork and beadwork. Tourism could really help those families,” he concludes.
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.