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Lodging Tax

Grass sways in front of the Holiday Inn on Friday in east Casper. A proposed statewide lodging tax would provide a stable source of funding for the Wyoming Office of Tourism. 

Three groups will add 2,745 hotel room nights to Casper’s tourism economy in the next 18 months, according to a recent release from Visit Casper.

The first to arrive is Women on Wheels Ride-In, which will bring 300 to 350 female motorcycle riders to town in July for seven days, contributing 570 room nights. Among other activities, the women will take in the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo, ride on Casper Mountain and enjoy an event at David Street Station.

Women On Wheels, or WOW, is a nonprofit, international, family-oriented organization founded in 1982 that unites all female motorcycle enthusiasts while promoting a positive image of the motorcycling lifestyle, according to its website. Riders and passengers, novice or expert riders, women of all ages and skill levels, and riders of all types of motorcycles and scooters are welcome to join and then either join an affiliated chapter or belong unaffiliated.

International Ski for Light will visit in February of 2020, with 250 to 300 attendees from the United States, Norway and Canada. The group will spend up to 10 days, accounting for 1,200 room nights. Venues for the group will include Hogadon Basin Ski Area, David Street Station and the Casper Biathlon Center.

Ski for Light, Inc. is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization founded in 1975 that teaches the basics of classic cross-country skiing to adults who are visually or mobility impaired, while giving participants who have already learned the basics of the sport the chance to improve their skills or to just have fun in the snow.

And in the fall of 2021, 350 members of the Oregon-California Trails Association will spend six nights in Casper equaling 975 room nights. The group will visit the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Oregon Trail, Martin’s Cove, Independence Rock and Fort Caspar.

The mission of the Oregon-California Trails Association is to protect the Historic Emigrant Trails legacy by promoting research, education, preservation activities and public awareness of the trails, and to work with others to promote these causes.

“Proactive marketing and sales efforts are a key part of what Visit Casper does to bring overnight stays to Natrona County,” said Brook Kaufman, CEO of Visit Casper. “When we see our efforts resulting in significant room nights to Casper — especially in our shoulder seasons — it’s a big win for our entire community, the tourism industry and the state.”

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Community News Editor

Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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