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City of El Paso unveils new ways to draw more tourism profits

Imagine an entertainment district in east El Paso near Interstate 10 and Zaragoza.

City officials laid out a blueprint that details plan for the next three years, including an entertainment district and a so-called "Great Wolf Lodge."

City manager Tommy Gonzalez said the goal is to attract visitors to El Paso.

"We want to be more competitive," Gonzalez said. "We want to bring in destination anchor type ... facilities that will compete and will draw people from Tucson and Albuquerque to here. We want to reverse the trend. We want those folks coming here instead of us going to them."

El Pasoans are hopeful the plan would pay off economically.

"It's going to better for our town to receive the money and instead of us going out of town," Sandra Canales of East El Paso said. "That would bring good stuff here to El Paso."

"New places, better jobs, better pay," Munoz said. "A lot of things. El Paso needs a lot of things especially jobs."

Gonzalez told KFOX14 the city is still working on the land acquisition for the indoor water park resort.

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