You know, every spring when I see business picking up around town and the first visitors coming in, I marvel at the way that tourism affects EVERYONE in our little town. And I was fortunate enough to spend a couple days this week in the state capitol of Cheyenne, learning more about how our state as a whole benefits from the tourism industry.
Living in Cody for as long as I have, I witness every year how important tourism is to our local economy. Did you know that around a million people went through Park County last year? Holy cow! And what did those people do while they were here?
Well, they bought gas. They replenished their supplies. They stayed overnight in a motel or campground. They went to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and learned about Buffalo Bill and grizzly bears (not that Bill had any direct encounters himself, but I digress…). They experienced their first rodeo. They were entertained at the downtown gunfight and the Dan Miller Cowboy Music Revue. They bought their first pair of cowboy boots. They had their oil changed and their vehicles repaired. They bought and sent postcards to friends and family.
Now think about what those Read More