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10.5 million people visit Wyoming in 2015

(Wyoming) — The entire state saw a record number of visitors in 2015, according to preliminary reports from the Wyoming Office of Tourism. A record 10.5 million people visited the state in 2015, up from 10.1 million visitors in 2014 or 4.2 percent. Wyoming significantly outpaced the national average visitation growth rate of 2.4 percent. This follows several years of consistently strong rises in visitation. Over the last decade, Wyoming's tourism marketing has helped contribute to a 48 percent increase of visitation in the state. Travel spending in the state grew to just under $3.4 billion in 2015, an increase of $9 million over the previous year. This visitor spending directly affects Wyoming's economy by generating $175 million in local and state tax revenues, up 7.4 percent in 2015 compared to $163 million in 2014. Since 2005, tax revenues generated by the tourism and hospitality industry have grown by more than 86 percent. Additionally, travel-related jobs are showing growth with the creation of 690 new jobs in Wyoming last year. The state's tourism industry supports just under 32,000 full and part-time jobs, an employment number that has risen 7.7 percent in the past 10 years, and represents 12 percent of the state's total workforce. See more information here. Feature photo Shutterstock / Pitchengine Communities #dally #news