DENVER (CBS4)– More than 31 million people visited Denver last year and spent a record $6.5 billion. The most popular places to visit include the 16th Street Mall, the Denver Zoo and Denver Art Museum.

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VISIT DENVER compiled the numbers and say that most of those visiting the Mile High City are here for work. There are also a growing number of people visiting for leisure. That’s the 15th straight year of growth for leisure visits.

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“I think their satisfaction with the actual experience is amazing to me. Eighty-three percent of people are saying they would visit again – that’s awesome because we do need repeat visitors, especially when we’re sort of an isolated area in the United States,” said Jayne Buck with VISIT DENVER.

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Also on the list of attractions for visitors, watching a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field.

VISIT DENVER says new restaurants and hotel rooms help draw more visitors who are attracted by the growing restaurant and craft brew industries.

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