Representatives from Fremont County travelled to Cody last week to take part in the Rocky Mountain International
Tour group operators from Europe came to identify which routes they'll
channel bus loads of international travelers through that are looking to
venture across the Northern Rocky Mountains. In it's 5th year, RMI has
allowed Montana, North and South Dakota and Wyoming to pool their resources
to get this critical face-time with these influential tour operators. A
feat that no single state by itself could afford.
*(Speed dating in progress at the Holiday Inn in Cody)*
The stakes can be significant. It's estimated that a single bus of European
travelers passing through Fremont County on their way to Yellowstone or the
Grand Tetons could mean [$ impact placeholder] to local economies. With 40
tour group operators and 40 local representatives looking to showcase their
communities and attractions, the efficient format selected for pitching is
a series of 10 minute "speed dates". That equates to over 6.5 hours of
pitching. An exhausting task by most measures.
Paula McCormick, represented the Wind River Visitors Council
, clarified her pitch to the Tour Operators. "These
Tour Operators are planning their visits to Yellowstone and the Grand
Tetons. We're there to highlight an option that allows them to visit the
'real American West' where they can see a Pow wow or an authentic rodeo. We
have identified a 10 day 'Circle the Continental Divide Loop Driving Tour'
(below) with some shorter options that give travelers that experience in
the Wind River Country of Fremont County."
[image: Driving tour.png]
Of the 40 represented organizations from the 4 state Rocky Mountain region,
Fremont County was represented by 4 area organizations:
- National Big Horn Sheep Center, Sarah Domek
- Wind River Hotel & Casino, Jackie Dorothy
- Wind River Visitors Council, Paula McCormick and team
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Krista Lobera
A group of the Tour Group Operators dedicated more time after the Roundup
to tour Wind River Country first-hand. McCormick's team took the group to
Sinks Canyon, Sacajawea's grave, Wind River Hotel & Casino and through
local retail shops to give the Operators a flavor for what their travelers
could expect to discover.
*(Guide John Enos, Warm Valley Native Tours, takes Tour Operators through
Wind River Trading Post)*
*(Feature pic: Tour Operators from Italy, Germany, Netherlands, France and
one from the USA visit Sinks Canyon State Park)*
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