May 5–11, is National Travel and Tourism Week

This commemoration happens every year for a simple reason: Travel matters.

Travel is a pursuit that benefits all parties involved. Travelers broaden their perspectives, make new connections, and enjoy some hard-earned vacation days. Destinations benefit from making the same connections, as well as visitor spending, secondary spending, employment, and the sense of community pride that comes from being a place people go out of their way to experience.

The Wind River Visitors Council (WRVC) is Fremont County’s Lodging Tax Board and hears firsthand all the ways that tourism matters to Wyoming’s Wind River Country/Fremont County. The proof is in the numbers as much as it is the personal stories of community members and local small businesses.

According to Dean Runyan Associates research conducted on behalf of the Wyoming Office of Tourism, the travel industry matters to:

• 1,430 people who hold jobs in the tourism and hospitality industry in Fremont County and earned a total of $44.6 million in earnings.

• Every county household that paid $432 less in taxes this year, while enjoying the same level of state and local services, because of the taxes generated by travelers.

• The nearly 250 businesses of Dubois, Hudson, Lander, Riverton, Shoshoni, and the Wind River Reservation who are patronized year-round by nonresidents.

In 2018, Fremont County businesses benefited from $136.6 million in direct travel spending, an increase over the year of the Great American Eclipse of 3.75 percent.

The WRVC is committed to sustaining the important economic driver of travel in Fremont County. Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week with us by telling us why travel matters to you on Facebook.

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 Joint Powers 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.