Wyoming Lodging & Restaurant Association    E-Newsletter August 24, 2018     


 Legislative/Election Update

The 2018 Wyoming Primary Election was held this week on Tuesday, August 21.  A crowded field of republican gubernatorial candidates dominated the headlines leading up to Election Day with Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon prevailing.  He will face democratic challenger and former legislator Mary Throne in the General Election on November 6, 2018.

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GSA Releases New Federal Per Diem Rates for October 2018

The General Services Administration (GSA) released federal per diem rates yesterday for FY 2019 that will go into effect October 1, 2018, which show an increase to the standard continental United States (CONUS) rate from $93 per night for lodging to a new rate of $94.

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Save the Date!

Hospitality & Tourism Fall Summit
October 10th & 11th, 2018

Holiday Inn, Laramie, WY

Please join us in Laramie this Fall as we focus on vital issues, ideas and collaboration!

Registration, agenda and room block information is coming out next week!


H2B Worker Visa Update

With the 2018 filing season behind us, the WLRA is looking forward to 2019 to see if employers will get any relief from the cap of 66,000 H2B visas. Some estimates put the demand for these workers at about 3 times as much as the current cap.

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 Proud to be a Member-Poor Richards

Whether you are looking the perfect venue to take a business associate, or it’s Dad’s birthday and he wants a great steak, Poor Richards in Cheyenne has been that place for over 40 years.

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Taxation and Resort Fees

The Wyoming Dept. of Revenue (DOR) contacted our office to explain some inconsistencies they are seeing related to the resort fees and service charges that many businesses assess their customers. Please read below to ensure that your business is correctly listing and taxing any additional surcharges.


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Chris Brown, Executive Director 1.307.634.8816


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Welcome New Members

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2018 WLRA Hospitality & Tourism Fall Summit

October 10th & 11th, 2018
Laramie, WY

Registration & Agenda coming out next week!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Avitus Group






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