Tourism Pays for Colorado Springs & the Pikes Peak Region
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The Importance of Tourism
- Tourism The Pikes Peak region welcomed 23 million visitors in 2018
- These visitors spend a total of $2.4 billion in our region, resulting in over $100 million in local tax receipts annually
- Travel & tourism pump more than $6.6 million per day into the local economy
- Visit Colorado Springs inspires and assists visitors resulting in an estimated direct economic impact of more than $199 million
- Tourism is the 3rd largest employer in the Pikes Peak region, providing more than 20,000 jobs to residents generating $474 million in earnings
- Arts & Culture visitors bring $153 million to the Pikes Peak Region each year - learn more here
- View the 2017 Creative Vitality Index
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Cutting Tourism Promotional Spending is Risky
- When tourism promotional spending is cut, there is a loss of direct spending as well as a loss of jobs, reduced wages and reduced tax collections
- The impact of cutting tourism spending can be seen by studying the Colorado experience of 1993-1997, when the tourism promotion budget was reduced to zero
- The critical question is "how many lost visitors does it take to negate the savings of a reduced or eliminated promotional budget?"
- According to the Colorado study, the answer is less than 1%. It takes only a 1% reduction in visitation to completely negate the savings of reduced promotional spending
- For more information on the importance of tourism and our national economy please visit, TravelEffect.com