Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism Works to Address Local Unemployment, Creates Virtual Tours

Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism  Works to Address Local Unemployment, Creates Virtual Tours

SWEETWATER COUNTY– With the overwhelming rise in the local and global unemployment rate, due to the implications of COVID-19 Coronavirus, Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism (SWCTT) has taken efforts to respond and help the community in this time of need.

On March 20, 2020 SWCTT launched a job board that has seen almost 3,000 visitors to date. SWCTT has also worked to create several “virtual tours” of the area to encourage residents to embrace local attractions from the safety of their own homes, while planning to visit in the future.

The Sweetwater County Job Board link is on the home page at www.tourwyoming.com. It lists available employment opportunities in the area as well as other resources for businesses during this time.

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“The local hospitality and tourism industry, as well as many other industries, have taken a devastating hit during this time. This job board is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for those seeking employment assistance,” said Jenissa Meredith, Executive Director of Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism.

“We want to be a resource to help connect the dots and meet local needs for residents during this time,” added Meredith.

Please send available employment opportunities to jmeredith@tourywoming.com.

The Sweetwater County “Virtual Tours” can be found at https://www.tourwyoming.com/explore/gallery.

Although residents are encouraged to stay home and flatten the curve, SWCTT is optimistic that once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, residents and visitors are going to want to get out and explore in Sweetwater County. Until then, Sweetwater County tourism attractions can be experienced virtually by viewing these videos.

“We want to offer ‘armchair inspiration’ and encourage residents and visitors to stay calm and stay inspired,” said Meredith.

In 2019, Sweetwater County welcomed over 600,000 overnight visitors accounting for $160 million in total travel spending, generating $8.5 million in state and local taxes (Dean Runyan).

“Although this tourism season will no doubt be impacted by COVID-19, tourism is an essential part of our local economy and it will rebound in the future. When the time is right, we want to be ready to welcome visitors to our incredible local attractions and businesses, providing service in a safe and friendly way, while sharing our Wyoming way of life,” added Meredith.