- Associated Press - Monday, September 14, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Summer tourism data shows attractions like Cheyenne Frontier Days and Yellowstone National Park are helping to drive an uptick in visitors.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1EYmgSG) this year’s rodeo event drew 266,030 people, just missing the attendance record set in 1996 during the frontier days’ centennial.

July’s record-breaking 980,000 recreational visitors at Yellowstone National Park also contributed to summer tourism.

Visit Cheyenne executive director Darren Rudloff says this was a strong summer of leisure traffic, with more people taking trolley tours downtown and visiting Cheyenne Depot centers.

Laramie County summer sales tax revenues for lodging, leisure and hospitality increased from 2014. Statewide, summer lodging tax revenue jumped 10 percent compared to 2014.



An improved labor market and cheaper gas prices may be driving the improved data.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com

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