by Tori Sheets
Representatives from the Ouray Chamber Resort Association presented tourism highlights of 2015 during the city council meeting Monday night.
"From the tourism perspective, 2015 was quite the banner year for Ouray," Kat Papenbrock, OCRA executive director, said. "We had over $25 million spent by visitors in Ouray."
She said every single sector affected by tourism increased significantly. Lodging was up 17 percent from 2014, retail and gift sales were up 15 percent and restaurants and bars were up 13 percent. Campgrounds had a 34 percent growth and the only lodging category that decreased was short term vacation rentals.