Colorado Springs

Springs tourist season to reach all-time high

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

We are quickly approaching the busiest tourist season of the year: summertime. 

 

But a big question: how do we compare to previous years? 

 

According to the most recent data from this past February, the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau reports a seven percent increase from last year. 

 

Recent natural disasters like the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires have made an impact on how quickly our tourism market has progressed. 

 

Chelsy Offutt, Director of Communications for the bureau, said it's due to Colorado Springs being in the center of the national spotlight during those disasters.

 

"We made national news, and  international news. So people are seeing these really intense photos, thinking is the city there? Is Pikes Peak burnt down?," she said.

 

"People really didn't know what was still here and what they could experience."

 
An influx of visitors to the region since 2011 helped alleviate the aftermath of the disasters.
 
"There was a 32 percent increase of visitors," said Offutt. "This helped out economy."
 
The bureau reports $63 per second is pumped into the Pikes Peak Regions economy by visitors.
 
The state tourism office started a new program called, "The Colorado Tourism Roadmap."

 

It aims to help shine the spotlight on the 'hidden gems' around the state.

 

"People know the really exciting things to do whether it's garden of the gods, etc.," said Offutt. "The whole goal of this road map was to highlight more rural areas."

 
If there's one thing we can rely on, it's  this:
 
"It's so beautiful, there's so much to see, we're definitely coming back," said Vickie Crack, a local tourist.
 
Official tourist season for the Pikes Peak Region runs June through August. 

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