Thank you to everyone that joined us for the January 2016 Tourism Industry Association of Colorado (TIAC) Legislative Reception and Tourism Day at the Capitol. Estes Park was the most represented destination state-wide with 14 partners in attendance (thank you to the Estes Area Lodging Association for covering the cost of many of the Estes attendees).
Networking included meeting with many legislators, including Representative Buck and Senator Lundberg, members of the Joint Budget Committee, TIAC lobbyist, and tourism colleagues from across the State. The goal we are working toward is for the State of CO to maintain the current tourism budget of $19 million, despite proposed state budget cuts of $373 million.
Tourism investment provides the highest ROI of any industry in Colorado, --every $1 invested by the state tourism budget, returned $361 in visitor spending.*
The tourism industry is a leading employer in Colorado, with more than 155,300 jobs and earnings of $5.1 billion generated by visitor spending in 2014. (Dean Runyon)
Visitor spending generates high tax revenues for Colorado, with a total of $1.1 billion in state and local taxes in 2014.*
* Strategic Marketing & Research Insights
Consider writing our state legislators sharing these talking points or others listed here (pdf). Your opinions matter to them, they need to hear form you! Feel free to contact me with any questions. EFogarty@VisitEstesPark.com
Elizabeth Fogarty, President & CEO, Visit Estes Park