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$125.3M worth of tourism in Fremont County last year

May 11, 2017 - From staff reports

In 2016, 513,000 travelers spent at least one night in Fremont County, according to a recent Wyoming Office of Tourism report compiled by Dean Runyan Associates. With each of these overnight stays, the Fremont County economy reaped the benefits in the form of visitor spending, job creation, and tax collections. Direct travel spending in the county totaled $125.3 million last year.

Travel and tourism is the second largest industry in Wyoming, and its role is increasingly important to Fremont County residents as the mining industry ebbs. In fact, according to this study, were it not for travel and tourism, Fremont County's unemployment rate of 5.4 percent would have jumped up to 12 percent in 2015.

Employees of Fremont County's travel and tourism industry earned $44.4 million in 2016.

Travel generated $5.9 million in tax receipts for Fremont County in 2016.

For every night, meal, and vacation experience local ambassadors provide in Fremont County, another boost finds its way back to the community. The lodging tax, at 4 percent, is used to grow the travel/tourism industry.

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