IDAHO FALLS -- Tourism officials in eastern Idaho say the region had more lodging sales in July than ever before.
Yellowstone Teton Territory is the tourism organization for the region. The Post Register reports that this week the organization reported $11.7 million in July lodging sales. That's a 15 percent increase compared to the same month last year and a higher figure than any other month recorded in the organization's 25-year history.
Chairman Tom Walsh says his group tallies lodging receipts from about 290 hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfasts and private campgrounds in six eastern Idaho counties.
The growth can largely be attributed to the explosion in popularity of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. July saw nearly 1 million recreational visitors to Yellowstone and Grand Teton attracted 815,000 visitors.
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