The recent story (“Tourism spending rises 7 percent in N.M.,” July 8) brings the words of our good governor, without comment by the reporter or others. Gov. Susana Martinez takes credit for the amount of money visitors have spent in our fair state, an increase of 7 percent from last year’s figures. The amount of visitors has increased only 1 percent, though. She focuses only on the increase in spending and attributes it to the advertising campaign done through a Texas company. I wonder how many people realize that if the campaign had really been successful, the number that should have increased considerably would have been the number of visitors. The fact that the spending has increased so much only points to how well the economy in other states has rebounded. People living in those states have more money to spend.
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