Lodging Tax Board: Tourism benefit to county over $137 million in spending, over $43 million in wages
This post is sponsored by the Wind River Visitors Council
(Lander, Wyo.) – This year marks the 30th commemoration of National Tourism Week, May 3-11. Tourism is a vital part of the world and nation’s economy and accounts for a significant share of global employment.
In honor of National Tourism Week, the Wind River Visitors Council, (Fremont County’s Lodging Tax board), is providing the newest economic information on Fremont County’s tourism industry. Tourism is Wyoming’s second largest industry after energy, and employs an estimated 1,530 people in Fremont County, which contributes over $43 million in wages to the local economy.
According to Dean Runyan Associates, which analyzes the economic impact of tourism on the state for the Wyoming Office of Tourism, visitors spent $137.6 million in Fremont County in 2013.
Where did the $137.6 million get spent in 2013? Visitors to Wind River Country spent the following:
$41.6 million on local transportation and gas
$36.4 million on food service and food stores
$20.7 million on arts, entertainment and recreation
$18.6 million on retail sales
$18.1 million on lodging
$900,000 on visitor air transportation
This means that for every $1 spent on lodging in our communities, over $7 dollars was spent on other travel-related services and retail shopping. Fremont County ranks 8th out of the 23 counties in the State in travel spending in our visitor industry. Visitors also generated $1.4 million in local tax receipts and $3.7 million in state tax receipts from travel spending in Fremont County.