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Don’t bite the hand that fuels our economy

Corry MihmDirector, Breckenridge Resort Chamber

As the ski season and bustle of spring breakers wind down, it is important to reflect on the positive impact of tourism on our economy. Throughout the past two months, I have heard some negative comments and read published letters that made fun of our guests. It can be frustrating at times when our streets are packed with visitors and the lines are long at the grocery store. But we also need to step back and notice the groups of people flowing into our locally owned businesses. Without visitors, many of our favorite local joints would be out of business.In order to generate Breckenridge’s $322 million local economy without visitors, each of the permanent 3,300 residents would need to spend about $100,000 per year locally. Clearly we would not enjoy the selection of businesses and attractions without the influx of tourism dollars into our local economy.I recently had the chance to stay in a non-tourist town of similar population to Breckenridge. The town only had five restaurants and a handful of stores, and there was not a recreation center, ice rink or similar attractions. The difference between this town and Breckenridge is the tourism contribution.By remembering how lucky we are to live here, we can bump up our patience levels. Breckenridge is renowned for being fun and friendly. Let’s let people take their time driving down Main Street taking in the scenic views and our wonderful assortment of businesses.

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