Financial Expert: Tourism Dollars Vital To Grand Valley Economy

Tourism is impacting the Grand Valley in a big way, and without it, some researchers say the Western Slope wouldn't be what it is today. According to a report commissioned by the Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau, tourism is creating new jobs and bringing more companies to the Grand Valley.

The research shows more than 7,000 jobs were created both directly and indirectly from tourism in 2003. In addition, the study shows without tourism at least one third of our local restaurants would go out of business, there would be a decrease in the number of hotels, fewer flights out of Walker Field Airport, and fewer cultural activities.

In 2003, tourism provided 166 jobs in the arts, recreation, and amusement sector, and another 407 jobs in other services sectors.

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