Sep 4, 2009 7:40 PM by Andy Koen

Summer tourism season winding down

It's the right hand bookend of the summer tourism season, Labor Day Weekend is here and local merchants want you to stay close to home for the holiday. Tourism is a hallmark industry in the Pikes Peak region and many local merchants have been banking on local families spending their vacations at home.
"It's the year of the in-state tourist and we're far enough away that it's a vacation, but we're close enough that you're really getting the value," says Chelsy Offutt of the Colorado Springs Visitors Bureau.
Official numbers for summer have not yet been tallied, and just looking at lodging and rental taxes and it would seem as though tourists are staying away. But Offutt says those numbers don't tell the whole story.
"Occupancy rates for hotels are up in the Colorado Springs area, people are here," she explains.
"It's just that they've had to take down the room rates to accommodate peoples budgets and that's directly affecting the taxes."
Offutt says the bureau's Saving with An Altitude discount program has helped some business this summer. The one-of-a-kind discounts offered exclusively through the visitors bureau web site.
"It's been really successful, people who've participated with really good deals have seen the traffic come through and as long as their offering good discounts, they're seeing the people redeem those."
In fact, the program has been so successful that it's been extended through the fall.
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