Wyoming lawmakers consider 1 percent tax on tourism

BUFFALO, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming lawmakers will consider a bill to levy a 1 percent tax on all hospitality-related businesses with that revenue earmarked to fund the state tourism office.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the Joint Revenue Committee agreed on Tuesday to consider the tax bill at its December meeting.

Tourism officials presented a slightly different plan to the committee that would levy the tax on only the two tax-classification groups covering hotels, bars, restaurants and arts and recreation businesses.

The tax revenue would make the Wyoming Office of Tourism self-sufficient as it would replace about $13 million the agency receives from the Legislature each year.

Tourism officials say any additional funding the office might receive from the tax would be directed toward national and international marketing.