It’s too soon to tell whether an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus in China will have an affect on this year’s tourism in Sheridan County.
Shawn Parker, who’s executive director of Sheridan County Travel and Tourism, said this is the low season for tourism in the area.
Parker said Sheridan gets multiple bus tours coming through every day during the summer tourist season, and a lot of the larger hotels accommodate multiple group travel daily. A lot of those, he added, are international.
Parker said tourists from China are a huge component of visitors to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone. He said Sheridan County sees a lot of summer tourists from Europe, Western Europe in particular, with few numbers of tourists from Asia.
Coronavirus is one of the viruses associated with the common cold, but the new coronavirus was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 1,000 confirmed cases have been reported in China, and additional cases have been identified in other locations including Washington, California, Arizona and Illinois in the U.S.