DENVER - Tourists spent a record $4 billion in the Denver area in 2013.
A new report from VISIT DENVER, the Convention & Visitors Bureau, showed Denver had a record number of overnight visitors in 2013 -- 14 million vacationers and business travelers. That's an increase of three percent over 2012., officials said.
"The increase came mainly from 'marketable' leisure travelers -- people who could travel to any destination, but specifically chose to visit Denver.," VISIT DENVER officials said.
VISIT DENVER SAID "marketable" visitors are more desirable because they spend an average of $113 a day, versus vacationers visiting friends and relatives, who spend just $68 a day.
Business travelers spend the most at $126 a day.
More statistics from VISIT DENVER:
The top states sending vacationers to Denver in 2013, apart from Colorado itself, were California, Texas, Illinois, Nebraska and Florida.
The top shopping and entertainment centers were the 16th Street Mall, "LoDo" Lower Downtown Historic District,Cherry Creek Shopping Center/Cherry Creek North, the Outlets at Castle Rock and Denver Pavilions.
The top attractions in Denver were the Denver Zoo, the Colorado State Capitol, Coors Brewery, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Colorado Rockies, Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park and the Downtown Aquarium.