Just about the time northwest Wyoming was experiencing a very solid year for the tourism industry, Travel Commission Director Diane Shober says the federal government shutdown dealt a crippling blow to the season’s final weeks. She says fall has turned into great season for driving visitation and the state has put a great deal of marketing effort into that. She says the state is greatly disappointed that that has now been cut short. Still, Shober says she is very optimistic about how the overall tourism season will turn out for this year. One thing she does worry about is the effect the situation has on the psyche of the traveling public and the impact it could have on the momentum of the industry. In the meantime, Shober says the state is reaching out to the traveling public to provide alternatives to their thwarted plans. She says the department has been communicating out through mass email distribution to all of the visitor service partners around the state about the gateway communities. She says certainly there are opportunities including scenic drives, museums, shopping and the state parks are still open. Meanwhile, Shober says her office is continuing to be in touch with the offices of Wyoming’s senators and representative about the impacts being felt by Wyoming’s tourist industry as a result of the shutdown.