Tourism numbers up from 2013

By: Carlie McGuire Email
By: Carlie McGuire Email

Cheyenne, WY(KGWN)- Despite the shutdown of Yellowstone in late 2013, the tourism numbers in the state hit a new high for the year according to the Office of Tourism.
The announcement that more than 900 million overnight visitors came to the cowboy state and the state brought in nearly 3.2 billion dollars from tourism came at Governor Matt Mead's proclamation signing at the Capitol on Thursday.

The Governor signed a proclamation recognizing National Travel and Tourism week, as part of a nationwide celebration. It also gave Diane Shrober, executive director of the Office of Tourism, the chance to show attendees the new promotion for the summer. Visitors are now encouraged to stop by visitor information centers to pick up a sticker they can add to a collection. They're also creating different itineraries for visitors that include stops across the state and nearby states.

"The idea is to get people into these visitor centers because when they do, they tend to extend their stay by at least two and a half hours," said Shrober.

Nationally, travel and tourism week is honored the first entire week of May.

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