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Residents Can Cash-In on National Travel & Tourism Week
Monday, May 06, 2013


Instagram Contest Launched to Prove Local Tourism Pays




Colorado Springs, CO – May 6, 2013 – Tourism is often an unseen and invisible industry. It just so happens to be the third largest industry in the Pikes Peak region behind only military and defense. From waitresses to raft guides and helicopter pilots to cab drivers, tourism employs more than 14,000 people locally. In celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week May 4-12, 2013, the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau along with Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association wants residents to see that tourism pays.

Tourism is a huge contributor to our area’s economy. More than 5 million non-resident visitors travel to the region infusing $1.35 billion, $42 every second, into our local market each year. Tax collections earned from tourism save the average family of five $402 annually in city and state taxes. Residents are encouraged to snap a selfie (a photo of themselves) in front of one of these 55 area attractions and activities on Instagram and use the hashtag #tourismpays for a chance to win a big fat $402 grand prize check or VIP passes granting admission into 20 area stops like Cave of the Winds and Iron Springs Melodrama.

It’s easy to forget all the unique and exciting things right here in the City and surrounding region. Whether hiking in Garden of the Gods, walking the halls of an area museum or having some new adventures, grab that photo and let tourism pick up the bill. The contest begins today and will run through 5pm Mountain Time Friday, May 17, 2013.

More details and full contest rules can be found here.

To find out more about how tourism pays, click here.

The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the leading marketing organization for group and leisure travel and tourism to the Colorado Springs region. The organization is dedicated to a strong national and international presence so that tourism is a primary contributor to a thriving local economy.

Since 1974, Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association (PPCAA) has been promoting the Pikes Peak region to millions of traveling and local visitors to the area annually.  Members of Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association must offer services that are family-oriented, safe and representative of the missions and goals of this unique and passionate group of tourism individuals and citizens of the various communities that make up the Pikes Peak region.