Sheridan's lodging tax revenue up in 2015 along with record statewide visits

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — This morning, Dally reported that statewide, tourism numbers hit a record 10.5 million visits in 2015. The year was a great one in Sheridan as well, according to Megan Ahrens, head of media for Sheridan Travel and Tourism. The statewide record in is exciting, she said, and "with the centennial of the National Parks, we should experience even more tourism this year." It's difficult to say how many of the 10.5 million visitors came to or through Sheridan County, she said. Sheridan Travel and Tourism tracks the number of people coming through the visitor center, which hits over 100,000 each year. The lodging tax is the best gauge of visits to Sheridan, as it measures the visitors that are overnighting in Sheridan, as opposed to just passing through. Travel and Tourism only receives lodging tax from hotels in the city of Sheridan and does collect from the entire county, Ahrens explained. Latest numbers show that from January 2015-November 2015, lodging tax collections reached $653,135. "Our lodging tax is up from this time last year – that is always a great sign!" she said. *[image: Inline image 1]* *Feature photo and above: Summer time events like Third Thursday street festivals draw crowds. / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news