New Mexico city near Navajo Nation sees tourism jump
Friday, August 31, 2018
GALLUP, N.M. – A western New Mexico city surrounded by Navajo culture and Native arts and crafts is experiencing a tourism boom not seen since the 1970s.
Officials in Gallup, New Mexico, say the city has seen an increase of about 7 to 10 percent in visitors thanks to foreign tourists, The Gallup Independent reports .
Helping drive the interest in Native culture and crafts is a favorable exchange rate that makes it economical for foreign tourists to visit in the summer, according to tourism officials in the city.
Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce director Bill Lee says the area is seeing visitors from Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France and Belgium.