Wyoming Lodging & Restaurant Association Exclusive Member News                                        October 5, 2017



WLRA October 2017 Legislative Update

Throughout the summer and fall months there has been a lot of proposed activity at both the state and federal level with policy decisions that could significantly impact Wyoming’s hospitality and tourism industry.


1% Tourism Tax for Sustainable and Competitive Growth

A constricted energy industry, resulting in declining state revenues and unaddressed plans for funding public education continue to put pressure on Wyoming’s General Fund revenues—currently the only funding source for the Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT). During the past two legislative sessions alone, WOT has endured a 13.5 percent budget reduction and ranks 31st in marketing in the U.S., falling behind Montana, Utah, Colorado and South Dakota—each of which have dedicated funding sources. If we do not address funding challenges during the upcoming legislative session, Wyoming will continue to see negative impacts deepen across our travel industry and continual erosion in our ability to effectively compete for visitors among other destinations. 

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L-R Tracey and Ken Barkey, WLRA President Christine Hill and Mark Bradley

Record Attendance at the 8th Annual WLRA Golf Outing!

The Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association held our 8th annual golf outing at the Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club on September 15, 2017. Despite less than favorable weather, the event was attended by a record number of participants and sponsors. Proceeds from the tournament are split between the WLRA and the WLRA Education Foundation. 

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2017 Hospitality & Tourism Fall Summit

Hospitality & Tourism Fall Summit
October 11-12, 2017
Saratoga Hot Springs Resort, Saratoga, Wyoming

Please join us in Wyoming’s premier mineral hot springs destination
as we focus on vital issues, ideas and collaboration.
Click here for agenda and registration »


Wyoming Office of Tourism Takes Home Mercury Award at ESTO

September 7, 2017—Cheyenne, Wyoming—The Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) was recently awarded a Mercury Award from the National Council of State Tourism Directors during the U.S. Travel Association’s annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Mercury Awards are given to members for both excellence and creative accomplishment in state destination marketing. Wyoming’s recent print advertising campaign took home the top honor in the printed collateral materials copy. 

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Your Voice Is The Most Important In Protecting and Promoting Our Industry

The WLRA exist solely to protect, promote and serve Wyoming’s hospitality and tourism industry. It is the voice of our membership that defines our focus and guides the direction that we take. What are the biggest challenges that you face with your business? 

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Chris Brown, Executive Director l 307.634.8816, chris@wlra.org
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