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Residents can Cash In on National Travel & Tourism Week

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Tourism is often an unseen industry. It just so happens to be the third largest industry in the Pikes Peak region behind only military and defense. From tour guides and bellman to waitresses and helicopter pilots, 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 the area’s economy. More than 5 million non-resident visitors travel here each year infusing $1.35 billion, $42 every second, into our local market.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.

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