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Wyoming Governor’s Conference is now officially Wyoming Governor’s Hospitality and Tourism CONVENTION. We’re enhancing the content, the speakers and the look. Here's another sneak peek to look forward to this year.
  • MEET YOUR LEGISLATORS: The Wyoming Legislative Reception will take place this SUNDAY, January 29. This reception is on a different day than usual. Don’t miss your opportunity to network with our leaders and enjoy the sounds of singer-songwriter Reed Foley.
  • JOIN THE FUN: Take time on Monday to watch your community’s youth compete in the annual culinary ProStart Invitational - now a part of the Governor’s Convention. ProStart, a career building program supported by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in partnership with the WHTC that blends classroom learning with hands-on training to teach high school students the management and culinary skills needed for a career in the restaurant and food service industry. Student Awards will be presented during this year’s fabulous Salute to the Industry Gala.
  • GUEST APPEARANCE: Hear from Cam Sholly, Yellowstone National Park Superintendent, who will provide an update on the park post-floods and an outlook for 2023 and beyond.
University of Wyoming Hospitality and Tourism Job Fair

Interested in finding seasonal employees? Do you need full-time employees or interns? Come join the annual University of Wyoming Hospitality and Tourism Job Fair immediately following the Governor’s Hospitality and Tourism Convention. This is the only job fair at UW dedicated to the hospitality and tourism sector. We provide employers with a table, on-campus promotion to all UW students, faculty, and staff, meeting spaces for impromptu job interviews, a parking pass, a catered lunch, internet and power outlets for most table locations. We have a limited number of tables available and encourage all interested employers to register soon.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 1
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: College of Business Building Atrium, UW Laramie Campus
Price: $400
NTA Contact is coming to Cheyenne
The National Tour Association is coming to Cheyenne at the end of March for NTA Contact. Contact is NTA’s exclusive buyer event: a perfect blend of business, education and fun in an intimate setting. It focuses on in-depth education and fosters buyer-to-buyer conversation and partnerships. Contact allows tour operators, travel advisors, sponsoring suppliers and DMOs to connect, create and collaborate. The only way for a supplier to attend is as a sponsor. Visit Cheyenne has multiple ways you can be a part of the conference and show off your piece of Wyoming to tour operators from around the country. Reach out to Visit Cheyenne VP Jim Walter at for more information on how you can participate.
Keith Turbitt
WOT Welcomes Keith Turbitt – Creative Assets Manager
Keith started at WOT on January 3rd, he brings a wealth of experience in photography, graphic design, project management and many aspects of strategic marketing to the position. As Creative Assets Manager he will manage all creative assets to support an integrated campaign across all WOT’s owned, earned and paid media channels. We’re eager to add Keith’s expertise to our highly talented team!

Media & Press Summary: December 2022
Please note the ‘Top Media Placements’ and ‘Earned Media’ include coverage that is a direct result of the Wyoming Office of Tourism’s (WOT) efforts, while “Wyoming in the News” is coverage that cannot be directly tracked back to the PR program.
December 2022
*This includes domestic media coverage only
Reach: 349,695,670
Placements: 48
International Year-to-Date Coverage
Reach: 576,409,081
Total Placements:183
Fiscal Year-to-Date
*Domestic media coverage through Month YYYY and international media coverage through Month YYYY
Reach: 7,133,452,028
Placements: 334
Top Media Placements

December certainly proved to be the most wonderful time of year for Wyoming. Coverage could be found in a multitude of publications detailing a spectrum of the Cowboy State’s treasures, with an exciting look ahead at what awaits us in 2023.

Travel trends were a popular point of discussion amongst travel media. TripSavvy writer Carrie Bell brought us “How the West was Fun: What’s Behind the Continued Rise of the Western Getaway,” a story that delved into theories behind the travel trend of newfound romanticism with the Old West. The Wyoming Office of Tourism’s own Piper Singer was interviewed and provided her point of view about the magnetism of Wyoming. She stated, “lured to its bold, unrelenting, and free nature, Wyoming has inspired travelers’ sense of curiosity and feeds their creativity once they are here.” Journalist Alison Tibaldi talked about the “Top 10 Travel Trends that will Shape Family Vacations in 2023” for the Family Vacationist. She included Cody as a destination for fulfilling the “unconventional lodging” trend that has recently gained recognition. Alison referred to Cody as a “great standalone family vacation spot” made distinct by the Cody Trout Ranch Camp, an unconventional vacation experience that “the kids are sure to talk about for years to come.” The story was syndicated to USA Today, Hometown Life, Head Topics, and The Indianapolis Star.

Along the same lines, the fascination with small town vacations was high on the travel trend list in December. Travel Awaits published two articles, “20 Small Charming Towns to Visit in 2023” and “17 Adorable Mountain Towns Our Readers Couldn’t Get Enough of in 2022,” both of which featured Cody, with the latter mentioning Sheridan as well. Calling it “a small town packed with adventure,” both pieces highlighted the rich history of Old Trail Town in Cody and the quintessential Western atmosphere that helps define the town as the Rodeo Capital of the World.
Congratulations to the following WOT Staff who celebrated work anniversaries in the month of January.
Blake Ward
January 2nd - Interactive Marketing Manager, 4 years
Jim Wollenburg
January 8th - Global Partnerships Sr. Manager, 5 years

James Scoon

January 9th - Global Partnerships Director, 17 years
Industry Relations Manager
Amy Larsen
Industry Relation Manager
Phone: (307) 777-6706

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