Colorado

Sep 8, 2009 7:32 AM by Associated Press

Tourism down in western Colorado

Summer tourism is declining in western Colorado as the recession holds down travel and spending.

The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau says the city lodging tax brought in 21 percent less money in July than it did a year ago. The bureau says year-to-date lodging tax revenue is off nearly 15 percent.

The group says hotel owners are attributing the decline to a combination of fewer travelers and lower room rates. The Grand Junction Economic, Convention and Visitor Services Department says people who are traveling are spending less. The department says restaurant owners and managers are reporting a decline in sales of 10 to 15 percent compared to previous years.

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