Summer Tourism Rebounds After Drought


YOU’RE WATCHING LOCAL NEWS DURANGO. I’M WENDY GRAHAM SETTLE. AFTER THE 416 FIRE BURNED UP THE TOURISM SEASON
LAST SUMMER, THIS YEAR’S TOURISM ECONOMY HAS NOT ONLY REBOUNDED, BUT IT APPEARS TO BE EVEN
BETTER THAN 2017, ACCORDING TO CITY SALES AND LODGERS TAXES COLLECTED FOR THE FIRST
HALF OF 2019. CITY SALES TAX REPORTS ARE ONE MONTH BEHIND. TAX REVENUES REPORTED IN JANUARY REFLECT DECEMBER
SALES. CITY SALES TAXES COLLECTED FROM JANUARY THROUGH
JULY 2019 INCREASED BY 2.5 PERCENT OVER THE SAME TIME THE PREVIOUS YEAR, WHEN THE SUMMER
TOURISM SEASON WAS DEVASTATED BY THE 416 FIRE. THE 416 FIRE STARTED ON JUNE 1ST AND BURNED
55,000 ACRES LAST SUMMER, FORCING EVACUATIONS, THE CLOSURE OF U.S. HIGHWAY 550 NORTH OF DURANGO,
SHUTTING DOWN OPERATIONS AT PURGATORY AND THE DURANGO AND SILVERTON NARROW GAUGE TRAIN. IT WAS DECLARED FULLY CONTAINED ON JULY 31ST. PERHAPS A MORE TELLING INDICATOR OF THE THIS
YEAR’S STRONG TOURISM ECONOMY IS THE COMPARISON BETWEEN 2019 AND 2017, THE YEAR PREVIOUS TO
THE FIRE. SALES TAX REVENUES JUMPED 4.6 PERCENT DURING
THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF 2019 OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 2017. SIMILARLY, LODGERS TAX REVENUES REBOUNDED
BY 3.5 PERCENT FROM 2017 TO 2019 AFTER DROPPING BY 4.3 PERCENT FOLLOWING 2018’S DROUGHT-PLAGUED
WINTER AND SUMMER FIRES. YOU CAN FIND A MONTH-BY-MONTH COMPARISON OF
SALES AND LODGERS TAX REVENUES ON THE CITY OF DURANGO’S WEB SITE UNDER THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT. THANKS FOR WATCHING THIS EDITION OF LOCAL
NEWS DURANGO. WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED OUR STORY. YOU CAN FIND THIS AND OTHER LOCAL NEWS STORIES
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15 OR ON OUR DIGITAL NETWORK AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS AROUND TOWN. I’M WENDY GRAHAM SETTLE FOR LOCAL NEWS DURANGO.

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