Lower gas prices and other indicators point to visitors coming to Wyoming this summer

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CHEYENNE, Wyoming — State tourism executive director Diane Shober says lower gas prices and other indicators point to plenty of out-of-state visitors coming to Wyoming to enjoy its attractions this summer.

Shober notes that gas prices are about $1 lower than they were at this time last year, which means more money for travelers.

She says advance reservations to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, response to state advertising campaigns, Cheyenne Frontier Day ticket sales and international bookings are all strong.

A record 10.1 million people visited Wyoming last year.

The Wyoming Office of Tourism has an annual budget of about $14 million, much of which is spent on advertising to entice people to visit. In 2014, visitors to Wyoming spent $3.3 billion, which generated $168 million in state and local sales taxes.

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