Wyoming tourism and the economy

According to the Department of Administration and Information's Economic Summary, the number of recreational visitations to Yellowstone National Park reached 89,872 in the first quarter of 2016, up 5.2 percent from the previous year, but 155,934 visits in Grand Teton National Park barely changed during the same period. Reduced gasoline prices and the strong nationwide labor market drew more people to the Parks. The huge fluctuations in visitations for the fourth quarters of 2013 and 2014 were attributed to the 16-day Federal government shutdown in October 2013. Lodging sales for the first quarter were higher than a year ago in Teton County. However, they dropped substantially in Wyoming, most likely due to dramatically reduced activities statewide in mineral extraction, resulting in a decline in energy workers staying in hotels or motels for temporary shelters during a project. [image: Inline image 1] [image: Inline image 2]