Visitors to Buffalo and Johnson County are up significantly this year over last, according to data compiled by the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce.
Angela Jarvis, Director of the Chamber of Commerce, said numbers for July haven't been tallied yet, but through June of this year, visitors to the area are up nearly 1,000 people over the same period in 2011.
She explains how the numbers are compiled.
Lodging tax collections for the year end in July, and Jarvis said in FY 2012 the tax collections amounted to $174,600 which is just shy of $24,000 over FY 2011's total collections of $151,215.
Jarvis said she can see that a number of different factors are contributing to the increase in visitor traffic.
Increases in visitors have been seen, she said, possibly due to the Wyoming Tourism Association's advertising in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan as well as Oregon and Washington.
Tourism numbers are up in Yellowstone Park and the surrounding areas, she said, so numbers appear to be up throughout the region as well.