El Paso tourism pumps more than a billion dollars into local economy


POSTED: Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:50pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:36am

The City of El Paso is bringing in big city dollars to the local economy and officials say it's only going to get better from here.

"A lot of really impactful things have gone on in the past few years. A few highlights would be the Quality of Life Bond initiative that's going to change this community over the next 5, 10, 15, 20 years. Generational change," said Bryan Crowe, General Manager of Destination El Paso.

According to the latest numbers, tourists in El Paso pumped $1.7 billion into the local economy last year.

Nearly 3 million people came to visit the Sun City and most of them who weren't from Texas came in from Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Los Angeles.

"El Paso, as much as people complain about it, it's not a bad place to be, and the weather is nice and there's a lot of things to do if you know what to look for," said Jennifer Bradford.

As the weather gets warmer, more and more El Pasoans will also be tempted to come out and take advantage of events like "Cool Canyon Nights" held at the McKellingon Canyon Amphitheater on Thursday night.

"It's what you make of it. Go out and find stuff to do and have fun. Look online. There's always something going on - like the concert tonight," said Kenneth Henry.

"I'm not really a tourist-y kind of person but I like museum stuff and there's a lot of things for people to do if they just ask," said Katherine Henry.

Outgoing City Manager Joyce Wilson was honored at a luncheon on Thursday for being a major player behind a lot of the city's development.

Wilson received the Destination El Paso's 'Spirit of Amigo Award.'

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What a load of crap. No one is coming to El Paso as a tourist. Family members may visit (and then leave) or "tourists" cross the bridge and then cross back (some do anyway), but no one is coming here as a destination. Why? Because its a crap-hole.

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