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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
Wyoming’s visitor increase is growing at twice the pace of the national average. And 2013’s growth is exceptional given the closure of one its biggest attractions, Yellowstone Park, in the fall.
Preliminary figures show that Wyoming’s tourism industry attracted 4.6 percent more visitors in 2013.
The number of visitors to the state increased from 8.67 million people in 2012 to 9.07 million people in 2013. This follows strong growth in the past three years, with total visitor volume increasing over 20 percent since 2009, which is twice that of the national average.
Reports prepared by marketing and research firms indicate that the local and state tax revenues generated from travel rose 11.4 percent in 2013 from the previous year to $143 million.
The hospitality and tourism industry accounts for nearly 31,000 full and part time jobs in Wyoming.
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