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Colorado Springs residents started getting their holiday shopping on in November, pouring $10.2 million into city coffers with sales and use tax. The City is reporting that sales and use tax collections in December, which represent sales activity in November, are up 14.1 percent over the same month last year. So far, that is the… Continue Reading November shopping pushes sales tax collections past 2007 levels

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Local hotels full, outlying areas have room

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Colorado Springs hotels were 100 percent occupied Tuesday night, said Steve Ducoff, executive director of the Pikes Peak Lodging Association. Across the city there are roughly 14,000 rooms available. Colorado Springs Marriott, which has 309 rooms, was evacuated Tuesday night. So was Embassy Suites, which has 207 rooms. “That is quite a shock,” Ducoff said.… Continue Reading Local hotels full, outlying areas have room

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The Broadmoor’s new owner, Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz, will spend $60 million to renovate the iconic hotel and resort. The renovation work will extend over the next two years in a multi-phase project that includes the expansion and redesign of guestrooms and suites and extensive updates to food and beverage outlets and meetings, events and… Continue Reading $60 million renovation planned for The Broadmoor

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The Broadmoor blogging about meetings

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The famous Broadmoor hotel and resort is blogging about its meeting space, in an attempt to woo meeting planners into booking with them. Meeting planners on the search for their next meeting location can get details about The Broadmoor, including requests for proposal, on the hotel’s new meetings blog and Facebook page. The Broadmoor launched… Continue Reading The Broadmoor blogging about meetings

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More than 1,000 of the nation’s top wheelchair basketball athletes arrive this week in Colorado Springs for the National Wheelchair Basketball tournament. For the first time, the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, which is headquartered in the Springs, chose to host its annual tournament in its hometown. Tip off and a local celebrity VIP game are… Continue Reading Wheelchair basketball tourney slam-dunk for local hotel

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The Broadmoor hotel and resort is the best meeting place, outside of Denver, and its audio visual team is the best in the state, according to the readers of Colorado Meetings + Events magazine. The Broadmoor and J&S Audio Visual Inc. were named among the best in the state March 6 at the sixth annual… Continue Reading The Broadmoor named best in state for its meeting space

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The long-awaited Mining Exchange hotel will have a target opening date of April 15 – and the Wydham chain it’s a part of has allowed them to start accepting reservations for group events beginning June 1. “We’re very close,” said catering manager Shelby Pywell. “We’re opening in phases, so the main building with 57 guest… Continue Reading Mining Exchange shooting for April 15 opening, accepting reservations

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Hotels saw the biggest leap in sales tax collected in October over the previous month, according the city’s October sales and use tax report. Hotels saw a 20.9 percent increase in tax collections. The Lodger’s and Auto Rental Tax collection was up 11 percent over last October, which really represents all of the activity through… Continue Reading Springs’ sales and use tax collections slightly higher than projected

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Colorado Springs hotel sales executives, general managers and event planners rate Colorado Springs high against Vail and Albuquerque, but said the city falls short when compared to Denver, especially in the area of night life. The group of about 50 hotel sales executives and event planners from the Hospitality, Sales, Marketing Association International local chapter… Continue Reading Colorado Springs has to sell its strengths, local hotel execs say

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Philip Anschutz has been interested in The Broadmoor Hotel for years. He remembers his first visit there with his father when he was just 5-years-old. On Thursday it was announced that Anschutz bought The Oklahoma Publishing Company, the company that owns The Broadmoor, where just two weeks ago he spent time with his own 8-year-old… Continue Reading Philip Anschutz had interest in The Broadmoor for years

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