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Jackson Chamber Provides Visitors With Alternatives

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The community of Jackson Hole has been earnestly sending the message that it is open for business and the western hospitality it is known for is still in place despite the inconvenience of closed federal parks and facilities.  Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jeff Golightly says the first thing the Chamber did when the shutdown began was establish an alternate visitor center at the Home Ranch parking area to take the place of the closed interagency visitor center up the street. Golightly says the center is being heavily used by visitors who have reacted positively to the community’s efforts. Golightly says the travelers really appreciate our community and the Chamber is there and disseminating information and giving them options for things that they can do.  Golightly says, “Were directing them into areas if they’re looking for natural settings that aren’t closed like the national forests.  We’re sending them into different trails so that they can still have the natural experience that a lot of them are looking for – we’re also letting them know about our business partners that are open so that they can have the cultural, food, retail and lodging experiences that they were looking for.” Golightly says the chamber is soliciting alternatives from permitees whose activities may have been impacted by the closures but who may have lesser-known activities that they offer.  He says one effect the shutdown has had was to drive more people into town that would have been in the parks.  But while that business is picking up, he says it is very unfortunate for the community’s national park partners like Vail Resorts, Xanterra, Signal Mountain Lodge and other concessioners whose businesses depend on the parks being open.

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