As national Travel and Tourism Week draws to a close, one state industry leader says some state lawmakers have been selling the industry short.
Jim Waldrop, Chairman, Wyoming Office of Tourism Board says that while Wyoming lawmakers work hard to find ways to increase revenue in the state and diversify the economy, many of them seem willfully blind when it comes to a real opportunity sitting right there in front of them: growing our tourism sector.
Waldrop says in the last two years, bills to fund tourism promotion and remove the agency budget from the general fund were defeated despite support from the House and the statewide hospitality industry. He points out that tourists support our restaurants, lodging facilities, activities, festivals, events, outdoor recreation opportunities and economic growth statewide.
Waldrop says all of this considered, lawmakers need to continue to work together to grow and stabilize our economy, not find ways to intentionally undermine it.