Annual Hospitality and Tourism Summit to be Held in Casper

Visit Casper announced in a press release that the annual Fall Hospitality and Tourism Summit will be held in Casper on October 19-20.

The summit will include people from across Wyoming for two days at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center.

Renee Penton-Jones, chair of the Wyoming Hospitality and Travel Coalition and secretary of the Natrona County Travel and Tourism Board, said in the press release:

“We’re excited to welcome our tourism colleagues to Casper,” said Penton-Jones. “Not only will we learn more from the Wyoming Office of Tourism and other key partners about upcoming opportunities and programs, but we will also have the opportunity to showcase the incredible destination we call home.”

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Presentation topics will include an overview of the summer season and what the winter season will bring, destination development, the statewide occupancy tax, opportunities for marketing collaborations, recruiting and how the Wyoming tourism industry should speak to the legislature.

Diane Shober, Executive Director of the Wyoming Department of Tourism, and four Wyoming State Representatives and Senators will also participate in two presentations.

The event will also include a welcome reception at David Street Station and a dinner with Governor Mark Gordon at the end of the event at the Ramkota.

Tia Troy, PR at Visit Casper, said the event has been going on for over 20 years, between 100 and 150 people have attended and they believe this year will see more visitors than previous years.

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Tourism in Wyoming is a large industry, generating $243 million in tax revenue for state and local governments in 2021, the highest since at least 2012 and above the previous record of $203 million set in 2019.

Darren Rudloff, Visit Casper’s interim CEO, said in the press release:

“The Fall Summit is a great opportunity to showcase Casper and network with our partners from across the state,” said Rudloff. “It also gives local tourism businesses the opportunity to simply participate and learn more about the positive power of travel.”

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Visit Casper recently announced that Tyler Daugherty will serve as its new CEO effective December 1st.

Registration for the Summit is $229 per person and includes the welcome reception, meals and conference.

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