Tourism is often an unseen and invisible industry. It just so happens to be the third largest industry in the Pikes Peak region behind only military and defense. From waitresses to raft guides and helicopter pilots to cab drivers, tourism employs more than 14,000 people locally. In celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week May 4-12, 2013, the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau along with Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association wants residents to see that tourism pays.
Tourism is such a huge contributor to our local economy generating $42 into our region every second. Tax collections earned from tourism save the average family of five $402 annually city and state taxes. Residents are encouraged to snap a selfie (a photo of themselves) in front of one of these 55 area attractions and activities on Instagram and use the hashtag #tourismpays for a chance to win a big fat $402 grand prize check or VIP passes granting admission into 20 area stops like Cave of the Winds and Iron Springs Melodrama.
It’s easy to forget all the unique and exciting things right here in the City and surrounding region. Whether hiking in Garden of the Gods, walking the halls of an area museum or having some new adventures, grab that photo and let tourism pick up the bill. The contest begins today and will run through 5pm Mountain Time Friday, May 17, 2013.
- Follow @VisitCOS on Instagram
- Upload a photo of yourself in front of one of these 55 attractions and activities
- Use the hashtag #TourismPays in your Instagram photo upload
- Contest runs May 6, 2013 – 5pm Mountain Time May 17, 2013
- One entry per person
- One grand-prize winner will receive $402
- Four prize winners will receive one 2013 Pikes Peak Country Attractions VIP pas
Disclaimer: Subject to full compliance with all terms, conditions and requirements of the contest. CVB and Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association and all affiliated partners reserve all rights to withhold the award of prizes for noncompliance with or any misrepresentation in qualifications or eligibility in its sole discretion. Winner agrees to have likeness used in various CVB promotions. Expenses to redeem prizes is the sole responsibility of the winner(s). Contest is open only to U.S. residents, 18 years of age or older. This offer is void wherever prohibited and subject to all federal, state and local laws. Entrants, by participating in the Contest agree to waive any and all claims of liability against the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, previously mentioned partners and any parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies and agencies, representatives and employees from any accident, loss or injury occurring from this promotion or in any way related to the prize or the use or misuse thereof. Winners will be announced by May 22, 2013 and notified by comment on the winning Instagram entry photo. If no response is received within 5 business days, an alternative winner will be selected and the original winner will have no claim upon the prize package or any part therein. Prizes are not redeemable for cash or any other form of payment other than the prizes themselves. Prizes are fully transferrable if CVB is notified ahead of time in writing by the original prize winner. Also due to the prize value payment, a W-9 must be filled out and submitted for the cash prize winner to claim their monies.