Your newsletter for things that are happening in the tourism and hospitality industry throughout the state.

Each year, the Wyoming Hospitality and Travel Coalition is proud to present the BIG WYO Award to a private sector individual who has done an outstanding job promoting hospitality and tourism for the State of Wyoming. The 2024 award went to Jim Waldrop, president and general manager of Silver Dollar, Inc. Jim truly embodies every aspect of Western hospitality and is considered a friend and mentor to many in Wyoming. He has made an unbelievable impact, not just on the Jackson Community, but the Wyoming tourism industry. Congratulations Jim Waldrop!

2024 Wyoming Governor’s Hospitality & Tourism

The 2024 Wyoming Governor’s Hospitality and Tourism Convention (Gov Con) is officially in the rearview mirror. We extend a heartfelt thanks to our industry partners, vendors and sponsors for their invaluable contributions to this year's success. With approximately 190 full attendees and maximum capacity dinner participation, Gov Con was filled with diverse members from the largest private employer sector of the state. During the three-day convention, the vibrant engagement of the rising generation was showcased through the ProStart competition. Our sessions – ranging from revolutionizing social media to capitalizing on family travel – featured top speakers in their fields. All presentation decks are available on the Gov Con website. Thank you to all who made Gov Con 2024 a memorable and impactful event for our entire state.
FAM 2023
Spring Visitors Services FAM trip
Send your frontline visitor services staff on an unforgettable journey across the picturesque landscapes of Sheridan and Johnson counties with the Wyoming Office of Tourism.
Media & Press Summary: January 2024
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.
January 2024
*This includes domestic media coverage only
Reach: 1,234,636,423
Placements: 34
International Year-to-Date Coverage
*International media coverage through December 2023
Reach: 346,125,636
Total Placements: 154
Fiscal Year-to-Date
*This year-to-date number includes domestic coverage through January 2024
Reach: 293
International Year-to-Date Coverage
*International media coverage through December 2023
Reach: 346,125,636
Total Placements: 154
Top Media Placements
Wyoming Office of Tourism Welcomes Stephen Haukaas
Stephen Haukaas
Stephen Haukaas
Business Operations Manager
Phone: (307) 275-6495
What is your favorite place in Wyoming and why?
My father took me to Grand Teton when I was 10 and it inspired a lifelong passion for nature and the outdoors.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Outside of work, I am always with my wife, Anelise and our dog, Goose. We love traveling, cooking, live music, doing crosswords and being outside. There is always music playing in our house, and I make pop art cartoons to unwind at the end of the day.

What is your biggest personality/professional strength?
Leadership and effective communication.

Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Business Alliance

Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Business Alliance (WYORBA) recently joined Wyoming’s outdoor recreation industry, bringing with it exciting opportunities to provide access to more connections across the state.

WYORBA’s mission is to be “a balanced and unified voice for the industry, enhancing the business climate and economic impact of outdoor recreation in Wyoming.” The association is truly committed to this mission and has plans in place to fulfill it through advocacy, education, investments and connections. Registration for membership is FREE through 2024. For more information or to become a member.

Wyoming Workforce Training Needs Survey


Calling all employers in hospitality, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors in Wyoming! The Wyoming Outdoor Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Initiative (WORTH) needs your insight to shape the future of workforce training and professional development.

Your expertise could help Wyoming's community colleges and the University of Wyoming tailor programs to meet your needs. The survey only takes 10 minutes and your responses are anonymous (unless you opt to share your contact info).


Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Summit

The Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Summit (WORS) program agenda has officially launched. WORS is set for April 18-20, 2024, and will take place in Casper. Programming for the event is packed with presentations, facilitated discussions and panels, featuring topics that address many different aspects of outdoor recreation in Wyoming.

Industry Relations Manager
Amy Larsen
Industry Relations Manager
Phone: (307) 777-6706

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