VCB already expecting influx of tourists this summer

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. As Mesa County gets the attention of travelers reading the U.S. Airways magazine in June, area businesses are already setting themselves up to lure in the extra customers.

"We decided about a year ago that we wanted to have more exposure," said Melissa Miller, general manager of Spoons bistro & bakery. "We decided the best way to start doing that was to get onto these sites such as TripAdvisor, Yelp, Urban Spoon."

Spoons Bistro and Bakery received a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor for consistent positive reviews.

The restaurant is already ranked fourth of 216 Grand Junction restaurants on the site, which travelers use to decide where they should eat.

"I had a couple on the end of their vacation coming in from San Diego," Miller said. "They couldn't believe it, they were blown away."

The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau is predicting a steady stream of tourists this summer based on website visits and visitor guide requests so far.

"Online we see about 400,000 people come through," said Mistalynn Mayeraan, marketing coordinator for the VCB. "We know people are doing their research and they're trying to find out what to see and do."

The VCB has seen an 189.2% increase in requests for visitor guides and website traffic us also up 74.9% compared to last year.

"We have seen an increase that is phenomenal," Meyeraan said. "We haven't seen in years in the number of people that are requesting it."

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