Thursday, May 9, 2019—Casper, Wyoming—The Natrona County Travel and Tourism Council (doing business as Visit Casper) recently approved over $50,000 in grants to help support local events that bring overnight visitors to the area.
“Through our grant program, we’re able to support events that bring overnight guests to Casper and Natrona County,” said Brook Kaufman, CEO of Visit Casper. “These events also help introduce out-of-town travelers to what our city has to offer and inspires them to return to Casper and explore more.”
Grants funds were awarded to seven events, with recipients including:
- Proud to Host the Best, Wyoming High School Activities Association Championship Tournaments: $25,000
- Wyoming Amateur Wrestling Association, State Championships: $7,500
- Special Olympics Wyoming, 2019 Fall Tournament: $3,500
- Garden Creek Volleyball Club, Wyoming Super Regionals (May 18-19): $3,500
- Casper Soccer Club, Fall Classic and Wyoming State Cup Tournaments: $5,500
- Wyoming Coaches Foundation, All Star Week and Coaches Clinic: $2,500
- NCSD FIRST Lego and FIRST Tech Robotics, 2019-2020 events: $3,000
“We work strategically to increase visitor overnight stays throughout our Natrona County,” said Kaufman. “In addition to aggressive sales and promotional efforts, we also leverage grant money to support local causes and drive lift in our visitor economy.”
This year’s grant-supported events will bring 7,328 room nights to Natrona County throughout the year, with most events running from May through the end of the year.
Grant criteria include the number of room nights generated in Natrona County lodging facilities, time of year for the event, impact and retention. Applications are reviewed by the Grant Review Committee and then presented to the full Visit Casper Board for final approval. Completed grant applications are accepted twice each year: by October 15 and April 15.
For more information about Visit Casper’s programs and grants, visit www.visitcasper.com/industry/grants.
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About Visit Casper
Visit Casper is the official destination management organization for Natrona County and is dedicated to enhancing the county’s economic base through tourism. Casper is Wyoming’s second-largest city and is known for world-class fly-fishing on the North Platte River; is the annual host for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR); and has been named one of the top mountain towns in the country by Men’s Journal. More information can be found at www.visitcasper.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or discover images and content with #VisitCasper.