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THE INFORMATION POSTED BELOW WAS WRITTEN BY ROGER ALINK, FOUNDER OF WILDLIFE WEST NATURE PARK
Tourism is a very serious business!
Many people including local government leaders do not understand the importance of tourism to their community’s overall economic well-being. People who are considering moving a business to a new community often start with a visit to a local tourism attraction. To lose a tourism industry is to lose the basis for your economic development. These quotes are from Dr. Peter E. Tarlow, world tourism consultant.
New Mexico tourism is a 6.1 billion dollar impact to the economy annually. It is the second largest industry behind the government. It is a clean industry with very little impact on the infrastructure because tourists spend money and leave to go home afterwards.
Edgewood has two very important tourist attractions with SASS Founders Ranch and Wildlife West Nature Park. People from all over the world and all over the country come to Edgewood to visit and celebrate the many events held at these two locations. The documented economic impact of these two attractions is in the millions of dollars with motels, restaurants, retailers, fuel providers, auto repair, and fees for various services all adding to the gross receipts that directly benefit all area residents. This is important new revenue that doesn’t come from local taxpayers. It is critical that all community residents and leaders understand and support these events and attractions.
Roger Alink, Founder of Wildlife West Nature Park
Editor’s note: For those Edgewood and area residents who, for whatever reason, have never made it to Wildlife West to experience all of treasures found there … your failure to visit is truly your loss.
Take some time to learn about the local (right in your backyard) attractions.