Wyoming Governor Matt Mead Thursday signed a proclamation setting the week of May fifth through 12th as Wyoming Travel and Tourism Week – coinciding with National Travel and Tourism Week. In a formal event at the state capitol, Governor Mead told those in attendance that in addition to the obvious benefits of travel and tourism to those who engage in it, the industry is an important contributor to the state’s economy. In Mead’s words, “It is great for the business itself; but I can tell you as I talk to businesses that are here – and more importantly as I try to recruit business to Wyoming – so much of their experience (in) Wyoming starts as a tourist. And as they get out there and meet folks in the industry, and they see the hospitality and that warm Wyoming welcome, it draws them back and they think this is a good place to do business.” Governor Mead told the group that as the second largest industry in the state, Wyoming tourism last year generated $2.8 billion dollars in travel expenditures, $118-million in state and local taxes, $729-million in payroll and provided 29,810 jobs. Travel Commission Director Diane Shober was on hand for the signing and voiced optimism for the coming season. Shober says over the past three weeks, inquiries from the traveling public were up 28%, 24% and 17% respectively.