In March the Wyoming Office of Tourism attended NTA Contact in Anchorage, Select Traveler in Cheyenne and hosted a fam trip in southeast Wyoming that included 27 tour operators. In total 58 leads were generated. Wyoming continues to be a desired location due to our scenery, attractions and western hospitality! Even with International borders open there continues to be a strong demand for our National Parks and western experiences.
DMO’s, Tour operators, attractions and others were able to sit down and discuss some of the current issues that the domestic trade industry is facing. Among the top concerns were the impacts that staff shortages were having on restaurants being able to take groups and the surge in pricing of hotel rooms. Many tour operators have had to cancel trips and pull itineraries due to these issues, including tours in Wyoming. The conversations where productive as alternative solutions were discussed outside of restaurants to include catered events, utilizing food trucks, and reaching out to DMO’s to come up with solutions. Lodging options will continue to be a discussion as tour operators start to build out there 2023/2024 and beyond itineraries with the potential of alternative routes and destinations. Fuel prices were also mentioned as a concern right now as many tour operators are anticipating high fuel surcharges this year.
We would also like to congratulate Visit Cheyenne as being selected for NTA Contact in 2023! This is a great opportunity to have some of the top leaders in the Domestic Trade Industry experience what Wyoming has to offer.
If you have any questions about domestic trade, please feel free to contact Amy
Upcoming shows: Northwest USA Spotlight- April 25-25, TAP- May 22-26
Upcoming domestic trade fam trips: June 6-10, Wyoming Trails and Rails, August 21-26, Journey into the Past.