KUSA - It's National Travel and Tourism Week, and that's a reason to celebrate in the Centennial state.
According to the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO), tourism is one of the state's leading industries. For example total visitor spending in Colorado was $17.3 billion in 2013. That generated $976 million in local and state tax revenues.
The goal of National Tourism Week is to create a greater appreciation of the tourism industry's economic impact. Across the U.S. more than 10 million people have jobs that depend on travel and in Colorado 150,700 people work in the tourism industry.
One of those people is Dan Crean, a Coloradan that combined two passions to create Double Shot Cyclery in Gunnison. The business is a bike shop that doubles as a café.
Crean and his wife, Cathie Pagano, picked Gunnison because of its access to world class trails. On top of their love for coffee, Crean also has a history with biking. He has provided mechanical support for cyclists in events like the Tour de France, U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge and several Mountain Bike World Cups.
Outdoor activities are a big draw to the Colorado-based business. Every week Crean hosts community bike rides to showcase the various trails in the Gunnison Valley. Along with group rides, Crean and Pagano also host events to teach about bike maintenance.
For more information on events coming up at Double Shot Cyclery head to the shop's website doubleshotcyclery.com or for more information on travel and tourism events this week go to industry.colorado.com.
(KUSA-TV © 2015 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)