Visit Casper approves budget, eying business incubation, convention market rebound, film

A view of Casper from the Casper Events Center on June 15, 2017. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Visit Casper approved its annual budget on Monday, July 12. Buoyed by CARES funds and a robust summer for leisure travel, the base budget is still $200-$300K below typical budgets, CEO Brook Kaufman told Oil City News Friday.

With nearly $527,500 coming in from CARES funds (distributed by the state based on lodging-tax collections), Visit Caper’s budget for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 is $2,120,358.48, up about $310,000 from last year. 

The tourism board is supported by a 4% county lodging tax, last approved by voters in 2018. Revenues in 2020 were down between 25% and 33.333% in 2020.

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“It’s a very robust summer from a leisure perspective,” Kaufman said. Visit Casper subscribes to weekly data from Destination Analysts, which tracks travellers’ sentiments, concerns, and likelihood to…

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