Travel industry celebrated as part of Tourism Week

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Tourism businesses from around the state are offering “Hometown Discounts” to Colorado residents as a way to thank residents supporting the Colorado’s travel industry. The discounts will be offered during National Tourism Week, May 8-16.

During that time, residents can visit any participating business and mention National Tourism Week to receive the discounts.

Businesses from throughout metro Denver, Durango, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Greeley are participating in the program. People can visit the Web site and click on the National Tourism Week button to get a complete list of businesses and discounts.

In Colorado Springs, the Convention and Visitors Bureau is again supplying free postcards with paid postage for visitors to its downtown Visitor Information Center, 515 S. Cascade, May 8-16.

The postcards are available to residents as well as visitors. Residents are encouraged to send a Colorado greeting to friends and family across the country. Also, residents will be given an opportunity to become visitors for a day in their hometown during the week through the “Sneak a Peak” program.

The bureau also has collected special offers and discounts to attractions, restaurants and accommodations for Fort Carson personnel and their immediate family members during the week as a way of showing gratitude for their service and to welcome them home.

Tourism is the second largest industry in Colorado, employing more than 100,000 people throughout Colorado and generating more than $7 billion in annual spending. In 2000, tourism generated $555,000 in sales tax statewide. Given a population state population of 4.4 million residents, that equates to $125 for every man woman and child in Colorado.

The purpose of National Tourism Week is to promote a wider understanding of travel and tourism as a major U.S. industry that is vital to the economic stability and growth of the United States and that contributes substantially to its culture and social well-being.