At a recent Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Chamber Director Angela Jarvis reported that numbers of tourists and Lodging Tax dollars have both increased in 2012 over 2011 numbers, and that is welcome news to everyone in the community, especially local businesses, she said.
Counting just those that have stopped into the chamber or their visitor's center near the I-90/Highway 16 East interchange, they are so far this year up over 1,000 people and expect to be over 2,000 visitors over last year at the end of this season.
She explains more about the numbers.
International travelers to Buffalo has doubled and nearly tripled, she said, and she cited the Rocky Mountain International (RMI) Seminars the chamber has participated as a big reason, as well domestic travelers increasing from the State Tourism Office's advertising in areas such as Wisconsin and Portland, Oregon.
Jarvis said there is also an increase in the number of days travelers are staying in Buffalo and Johnson County once they get here. They realize there are many things to do once they're here and they end up staying longer to see as much as they can.