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WLRA Advocates for Industry in our Nation's Capital

Earlier this month members of the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association, led by President Ken Barkey, attended the National Restaurant Association Public Affairs Conference and met with our congressional delegation in our nation’s capital. Senator Mike Enzi, Senator John Barrasso and Congressman Cynthia Lummis were all very generous with their time as members of the WLRA explained our position on several critical issues impacting Wyoming’s hospitality industry.  Read More »

Make a Difference! Plan to Attend the WLRA PAC Event June 7, 2016

The outcome of the 2016 election plays a significant role in the level of support our industry receives when critical legislative decisions are made throughout the year. Your association has a Political Action Committee that contributes to pro-hospitality candidates each election cycle. The Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association will be hosting a PAC fundraiser on Thursday, June 7, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the FireRock Steakhouse located at 6100 East 2nd Street, Casper, WY 82609.  Read More »

Importance of Wyoming's 2016 Election

You may have already seen newspaper ad’s declaring someone in your community running for the Wyoming legislature. Perhaps your legislators are long-standing members of either the Wyoming house or senate. Maybe your legislators are just completing their first term and are seeking re-election. In every single instance, the importance of knowing whom in your district is running and their position on Wyoming’s tourism and hospitality industry cannot be overstated.  Read More »

Save the Date!
Wyoming Tourism & Hospitality Fall Summit

The 2016 Wyoming Hospitality and Tourism Fall Summit will be held at the beautiful Jackson Lake Lodge from September 21-22, 2016! In addition to the annual summit, the 6th annual WLRA Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the magnificent Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club. This year’s conference and tournament represent a tremendous opportunity to engage with industry leaders from across the state while enjoying your stay in Grand Teton National Park during the centennial of the National Park Service. Please watch for a separate save the date email with specific room block information in the coming days. 

Proud to be a WLRA Member:
Coyote Creek Steakhouse & Saloon

The Coyote Creek Steakhouse and Saloon opened in June of 2007 in the former Union Pacific building, located in Rock Springs, Wyoming. For the past 9 years Dory Doud has proudly served guests great food in a historic and comfortable atmosphere.  Read More »

2015 Tourism Success Featured in the
Wyoming Business Report

In February Wyoming’s tourism industry was highlighted in a four-page insert in the Wyoming Business Report. The feature showcased the success of the 2015 campaign, looked ahead to the National Park Centennial, discussed expansion of international marketing programs and showcased progress on the new Wyoming Office of Tourism website re-design. It is a tremendous piece that was distributed state-wide and can be found HERE.

Life After the EMV Liability Shift

The liability shift deadline has passed. And guess what? The world didn’t come to an end—just like it didn’t when the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2000. But unlike Y2K, EMV is here to stay. The good news is the sun didn’t set for good on October 1. Maybe you were aware of the liability shift, but decided against the equipment upgrade. You might have had every intention of becoming compatible, but before you knew it, October 1 had come and gone. Or you could still be trying to understand how this impacts your business and what it all means—a relatively common theme we’ve been hearing. In a nutshell—the party with the least secure technology is now responsible for chargebacks resulting from the acceptance of lost, stolen or counterfeit cards. If you haven’t started accepting EMV, that could be you.  Read More »

Women of Influence Nominations are Now Open

If you know a woman who is making a positive difference in your community and who you think should be recognized for that contribution, now is your chance to nominate her for the Wyoming Women of Influence awards. The fourth annual WWOI awards are now open for nominations in 10 categories: Lifetime Achievement, Banking and Finance, Business and Business Services, Education, Government, Military and Law, Energy and Utilities, Hospitality, Future Leader, Manufacturing and Technology and Nonprofit.  Read More »

Menu Labeling Delayed Again

The Food and Drug Administration said it is delaying the Dec. 1, 2016, effective date for enforcement of the government’s menu-labeling regulations. The agency issued a statement March 9 indicating federal menu-labeling requirements will not be enforced until one year after the FDA publishes its final guidance on the rule. The menu-labeling requirement was part of the health care law President Obama signed into law in 2010.  Read More »

WOT Unveils New Website,

The Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT) is excited to officially announce the launch of the new consumer website, The new website will gradually replace as the two sites will work in parallel until sometime in June when the transfer of content to the new site will be completed.    Read More »   



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