Despite expecting the worst, “Visit Cheyenne” happy with summer visitation numbers

Tourists walk along Capitol Avenue Monday afternoon.
Tourists walk along Capitol Avenue Monday afternoon.(Will Thomas)
Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 6:12 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The pandemic forced many to stay close to home during the summer. As the warmer weather hit, Visit Cheyenne’s CEO and President, Domenic Bravo, said they expected to see half the visitors the city would usually see in a normal summer.

“We were able to push forward with a travel campaign that we started June 1. So actually, our visitation has been pretty decent. Even our hotel occupancy has been in the 14 to 16 percent range over the summer, which has been a lot better than most people in the region,” said Bravo.

Bravo said Cheyenne saw about 20 percent less people in 2020 than it would in a normal year. But with everything going on, that’s actually a positive.

“It’s pretty crazy that you would say we’re down about 20 percent, and say that’s a positive thing. But considering we were anticipating being cut in half, we’ll take the 20 percent reduction. Definitely not a normal summer season, but still a great visitation and a lot of support for our businesses,” said Bravo.

Bravo said to see local businesses doing well, people visiting from all across the nation and doing it safely, meant the world to him.

“I think it’s a testament to the staff, to the businesses here, to the local community that really supported doing what we need to do,” said Bravo.

Bravo said the excitement doesn’t stop here though, Visit Cheyenne is already getting excited for what it has to offer for the fall and winter.

For more information about Visit Cheyenne, you can visit its website here.

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