Wyoming sees some incredible returns on its investments in promoting tourism right now. But, as with any state-run entity, budget cuts could put a huge hamper on its efforts to grow visitor numbers. It's a struggle many tourism agencies are facing across the U.S.
Cheap fuel will help destinations across the U.S. see record numbers in 2016, too, as people pack their cars and road trip around the country.
With revenues plummeting in Wyoming's mining industry, the state is focusing on tourism to generate new tax dollars.
Three years and $300 million is a lot to invest in a capitol building that will only be of interest to a very select group of visitors.
Smart move by Wyoming to seize on the opportunity.
Cold War tourism is an untapped subject that can give smaller sites modest gains and unique selling points they'd otherwise find hard to do.
Many destinations are having record years for tourism, and considering fuel prices in the U.S. in 2015, we expect this year will be even better.
There was already interest in Jackson Hole and its nearby parks, but the community's combined efforts to make the market more hospitable to the Chinese visitor made things much better.
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.
Wyoming has its natural charms, and the wide-open spaces and sparse population are among them. Vermont has nothing to worry about. Wyoming will remain the least-populated state for the foreseeable future, saving Vermont and its cows from that status.