State budget cuts could impact Sheridan tourism - KOTA Territory News

State budget cuts could impact Sheridan tourism

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The Wyoming Office of Tourism says it can handle upcoming budget cuts.  But what about KOTA Territory businesses and groups that depend on state funding?

The tourism office says it is prepared to take on an eight percent cut, which would include a $550,000 reduction in co-op marketing programs between the state and local organizations.

Sheridan tourism officials say this would limit the type of promotion the area is used to getting from the state.

"They'll do advertising campaigns with us, both domestic and foreign.  They'll provide Google Ads for us as well, Internet, that sort of thing," said Richard Bridger, the chair for Sheridan Travel and Tourism.

Sheridan businesses that benefit from tourists, like the King's Saddlery Museum, hope repeat visitors already familiar with the business would keep coming back, if these tourism cuts take effect.

"This company has a lot of people that keep coming back regularly, because it's so well-known and it's an established business," said Jim Jackson with the museum.

The State Legislature will consider the budget cuts during the upcoming session.

Bridger estimates that the state is supposed to send $12,000 to Sheridan Travel and Tourism this year for co-op marketing projects.

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