Tourism up in Montrose

MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A new study shows that tourism is up in Montrose, and the city is seeing some growth.

The study, which was done by the City of Montrose and the Colorado Flights Alliance, showed that tourism supports around 7,400 jobs, and produces over $230 million in labor income.

Montrose Regional Airport has a lot to do with that. Given its location, city officials say they aren’t surprised to see more traffic coming into the area.

“What stood out to me was the number of enplanements, that means the number of people coming into the airport, has steadily risen since 2012, that kind of stood out to me. So, more people are visiting," said spokesperson for City of Montrose, William Woody.

The study also showed from 1996 to 2017, travel spending for overnight visitors went from $50 million to nearly $140 million.

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