Numbers show: Tourism 
vital to local economy


Mesa County's tourism industry, one of the few bright spots in the local economy, provides more than 5,500 jobs that generate nearly $140 million in wages and infuses local governments annually with millions more in sales and lodging taxes, according to a new study unveiled Tuesday.

The study, conducted by veteran economist Tucker Hart Adams, didn't contain a lot of surprises for the roughly 150 people who listened to Adams present her findings during the Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau's annual meeting at Two Rivers Convention Center.

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