Key Industries / Tourism & Outdoor Recreation

The NWCCOG Region is an international hub of tourism and outdoor recreation, supported by its world class ski resorts, large amounts of public lands, lakes and rivers, abundant opportunities and diverse landscapes. The tourism and outdoor recreation key industry includes a variety of subsectors ranging from accommodation and attractions to entertainment and heritage tourism. Specifically, the tourism and outdoor recreation industry includes companies that produce, promote or participate in live performances, sporting events or exhibits. Companies included in this industry also preserve and exhibit objects and includes sites of historical, cultural or educational interest, such as museums. Additionally, companies in this industry operate facilities or provide services that enable patrons to participate in recreational activities or pursue amusement, hobby and leisure-time interests, such as amphitheaters, golf courses, skiing facilities, fitness and recreation centers and other amusement and recreation-related services. Companies that provide customers with accommodations and food services are also included. The industry includes companies that wholesale and manufacture sports and athletic equipment and footwear. Companies that manufacture ophthalmic goods, apparel and outerwear are also included. Tourism and outdoor recreation companies provide travel arrangement, reservations, car and recreational equipment rental, transit, and scenic and sightseeing services. Sporting goods stores and recreational, motorcycle, ATV and boat dealers are also included. The industry includes companies that promote and preserve the environment and wildlife.

Tourism & Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Wages

source: Q2 2016, QCEW
Sub Sector # Jobs Average Annual Wage
Accommodations & Food Services 19,296 $31,966
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 7,328 $36,591
Retail 8,050 $36,407

Number of Establishments in the Tourism & Outdoor Recreation Sector

Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 233
Accommodations & Food Services 798
Retail 1,013

Tourism & Outdoor Recreation Assets

Asset County
Vail & Beaver Creek Ski Areas Eagle
Vilar Center for the Arts Eagle
Rocky Mountain National Park Grand
Grand Lake Grand
Hunting? Lake? Natioal Forest in ... Jackson
Aspen Ski Area, Snowmass Villlage Ski Area, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands Pitkin
Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin Ski Aeras Summit
Lake Dillon Summit
White River National Forest Summit

Major Employers

Employer County
Vail Resorts Eagle and Summit
Winter Park Resort Grand
Aspen Skiing Company Pitkin
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