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Casper Area Could See $1-M Coronavirus Drop In Lodging Tax Revenue

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – Travel and tourism experts in Wyoming say the Casper area could see a $1 million loss in lodging tax revenue by the end of next year, the result of the coronavirus pandemic cancelling travel plans across the country.

The prediction was the worst-case scenario of 3 given the Natrona County Travel and Tourism Board for the county’s tourism industry based on previous years data. In it, average hotel occupancy through April of next year will be no more than 40% – at least 25% lower than normal.

Even the best-case scenario is discouraging with Natrona County receiving about $500,000 less in lodging tax than is normal.