Help a Tourist, Help Your Town: Wind River Eclipse Considerations #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 Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will pass across the United States, including Wind River Country/Fremont County. This rare mid-day occurrence will bring great long- and short-term economic benefit to our communities. This exciting attention on our region should also come with some considerations.
The Wind River Visitors Council and other entities have seen a surge in residents offering up their property for rent to eclipse chasers. If you plan to provide parking, lodging, or camping on your private property, there are many things to consider, including risk management, property and liability insurance, filing the correct tax paperwork with the State of Wyoming, and checking with your local municipality about necessary permits. Feel free to contact the Wind River Visitors Council at firstname.lastname@example.org for some helpful tools and more suggestions like this.
It is important that we expand the county’s overnight capacity for the weekend of the eclipse, because we want our visitors to be in a safe, and legal, location. But RV/tent dry camping and home rentals specifically for the eclipse appear to be outpacing the demand right now. In fact, some traditional lodging and camping facilities still have space across the county.
On the other hand, the list of parking and viewing sites in Wind River Country isn’t growing as quickly. If you are interested in providing a safe, enjoyable viewing location, check out what others are doing, and contact the Wind River Visitors Council to be listed.
How can you be an ambassador during the eclipse? Let locals and visitors know about the http://windrivereclipse.org/ website, and the lodging and camping and viewing sites that are still available. Contact your local chamber of commerce to see if they have need for volunteers the weekend of the eclipse in the face of the crowds.
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.