Wyoming Lodging & Restaurant Association Exclusive Member News                                      June  18, 2019

 

Corporate Income Tax Bill Returns

Earlier this year, during the 2019 Wyoming legislative general session, the first corporate income tax in Wyoming’s history was considered. HB 220 the “National Retail Fairness Act” was introduced and it flew through the Wyoming House of Representatives, passing 44-16.  The breakneck pace at which the House passed the bill out of its chambers was slowed significantly when the bill got to the Senate, where it eventually died without a floor hearing.  

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Legendary Pro-Start Teacher, Cheryl Monroe, Retires

Longtime Prostart  teacher Cheryl Monroe retired at the end of the school year. Nobody who has ever had Cheryl Munroe as a teacher calls her "Mrs. Munroe." Those who work with her don't call her "Cheryl." To students and staff alike, she has always been just "Mo." For 36 years, Mo has been teaching Family and Career Science at Encampment K-12 School, along with teaching at Saratoga Middle/High School (SMHS) for the 2018/2019 school year. Mo has taught for 47 years all told, having started her teaching career in Fort Washakie.
 

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Introduction to Tourism Improvement Districts

 Tourism Improvement Districts or TID’s have been a focus of the WLRA for the past several years.  Around the country TID’s are used to supplement local promotion and to provide an additional revenue stream for communities to support the growth of their visitor economy.  The TID bill that we are pursuing is enabling legislation which means that no-one is forced to utilize a TID but the ability to do so would be available as an additional tool should your business community desire one. TID’s are industry driven and a great option to help grow your local visitor economy.  

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Proud To Be A WLRA Member-The Plains Hotel

 On December 13th, 2015 the Historic Plains Hotel went to auction online and on December 15th Astrid owned the 105-year-old building after making a blind bid.  She inherited a monumental task taking on a building built in 1910, the same year as the Titanic was built.  Initially, Astrid had designs to turn the Plains into micro housing to serve a population struggling to live on $1,000 or less a month as her life’s work before purchasing the Plains was creating affordable living for the millions of Americans living paycheck to paycheck.  

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Improve Your Local Business Listing

Just in time for the summer tourism season, Google has recently announced improvements to its own personalized travel planning service called “Trips” which allows users to plan and book their vacations directly through the Google search results page or via the Trips app. The best way for Wyoming tourism-related businesses to take advantage of this new service is by claiming their online business listing and adding important business details that users want to know when searching for things to do on their Wyoming vacation.

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Tip Record Keeping and Reporting

As the busy summer season ramps up across Wyoming employers and employees should make sure that  reporting procedures with tips is in place and being practiced. 

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