Tourism Numbers Expected To Be High In The Grand Valley This Summer

By: Allison Banzhof
By: Allison Banzhof

The tourism season is underway, and thousands will be coming to the Grand Valley for the annual Junior College World Series. So far this year, tourism numbers are up in Grand Junction.

Which is a good thing because tourism is a major part of the Grand Valley's economy. Tourism accounts for seven thousand jobs and brings in over 4 million dollars in taxable revenue.

Of course, there are many recreational activities offered here in the Grand Valley; hiking, river-rafting, and fishing to name a few.

The City of Palisade, famous for its wineries, is trying to bring some attention to its local artists. The Palisade Chamber of Commerce is promoting the artist galleries in order to attract more people to the area.

Tourism dollars are so important, that the City of Fruita is taking an aggressive approach in bringing tourists to the area. The city just developed an intensive marketing campaign, "Get Out and Play In Fruita Colorado." The campaign highlights the activities in the Fruita area, including the Colorado National Monument.

According to the Grand Junction's Visitor and Convention Center Bureau, gas prices should not affect the tourism numbers. One reason is that the majority of Grand Junction's visitors come from within the state.

And when they get here, there will be something for everyone here in the Grand Valley...

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