It’s no secret Colorado Springs has amazing views.
Tourists know it, too.
That’s why more and more visitors continue to come to the Springs each year.
Tourism is the city’s third largest industry, providing about 17,000 jobs to locals.
The more than 20 million visitors in 2017 contributed more than $1 billion to our economy, according to the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Lucas DaRosa and Cristiane Brazil from Brazil were visiting on Tuesday from Kansas. They say the Springs was at the top of their list.
“We just Google searched cool landmarks and stuff,” said DaRosa. “Garden of the Gods popped up and we were like, ‘Let’s go check that out.’”
The park is the most visited attraction of Colorado Springs, attracting more than 4 million visitors for 2017, according to the Visitors Bureau.
“It’s a very cool natural environment there is a lot of cool things,” said Valarie Garcia, who was visiting from San Antonio, Texas. “San Antonio is a big tourist town, so why not help other parts of the country develop?”
Tourism is good news for locals too, because it benefits the economy, this year raking in 14 percent more from the Lodgers And Automobile Renters Tax (LART). The total revenue neared $6 million.
“The people that are coming are staying in our hotel rooms, staying in our restaurants and visiting our other attractions,” said Chelsy Offutt, Director of Communications of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.
This was DaRosa and Brazil’s first stop. Now they are worried because they have a lot more to see.
“I guess we shouldn’t have come here first like, everything else is going to pale in comparison,” said DaRosa.
Pikes Peak also saw an increase in visitors. More than 490,000 people took the 19-mile drive up the Pikes Peak Highway to the summit. This is a record-breaking year, and it’s the third year in a row Pikes Peak visitors have reached an all-time high.