[A] swath of Idaho has been declared to be a special region where the night sky will be preserved. ... There may be an economic benefit to the designation.
The International Dark Sky Association's John Barentine says the region will now be a choice place for a new breed of traveler, those who engage in “astrotourism”.
“We're seeing a lot of interest from people in East Asia, for example. And it would not surprise me if they end up with a lot of tourists from China, Japan and Korea who come to central Idaho from the attention the designation will bring them,” says Barentine.