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Travel agents, tour operators converge at The Broadmoor

Travel agents, tour operators converge at The Broadmoor

Held last week at The Broadmoor, The Go West Summit felt a little like speed dating. Except that the two parties seated at the tables were buying and selling tourism in the traditional sense. The sellers had 12 minutes to describe their city, state, attraction or service to the buyers. In a calm tone, an… Continue Reading Travel agents, tour operators converge at The Broadmoor

Summit House plans underway

The city released its formal Request for Proposals for architectural and engineering services for the new Pikes Peak Summit House Monday morning. This marks a significant milestone for the long-deferred plan to replace the rundown 1965 structure. Twenty years ago, a comprehensive master plan for Pikes Peak identified two major priorities for preserving the peak’s… Continue Reading Summit House plans underway

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Balloons returning for new festival

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Balloons returning for new festival

The balloons are back in town. The city of Colorado Springs announced last week that it was in final negotiations with Hot Apple Productions to provide a balloon festival during Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7. The new festival, yet to be named, was chosen through a request-for-proposal process to fill a space vacated by the… Continue Reading Balloons returning for new festival

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C4C compresses to single issue

The debate over City for Champions has evolved (or devolved) into a single-subject argument. The context: Should local tax-increment financing (TIF) be used to cover approximately $100 million of the $250 million proposal? Is TIF a painless way to fund major civic improvements, or is it a sophisticated scam, a way for special interests to… Continue Reading C4C compresses to single issue

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North Pole still has same lure

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North Pole still has same lure

When Santa Claus needs to get away, he vacations in Cascade. That’s been the case since 1956, when the North Pole: Home of Santa’s Workshop, was created by Wesley Spurry. Following the model of a park in Lake Placid, N.Y., Spurry and investors Art Herzberger and George Haggard brought the Christmas-themed concept to the foot… Continue Reading North Pole still has same lure

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Colorado Springs lodging numbers up from 2013

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Colorado Springs lodging numbers up from 2013

Colorado Springs’ lodging occupancy rate increased by 3.3 percent over 2013, year-to-date, according to the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association’s Rocky Mountain Lodging Report. The rate, which is just below 66 percent, is below the state average occupancy rate of 71 percent, however. The highest reported occupancy rate was Loveland at 81.1 percent. The lowest reported… Continue Reading Colorado Springs lodging numbers up from 2013

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Museum leaders aim high for design

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Museum leaders aim high for design

When the City for Champions project first was announced more than a year ago, the proposed U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame was front and center. Headed by the formidable Dick Celeste, it seemed obvious the museum would have the largest impact of any of the four projects. Celeste envisioned an “iconic” structure that… Continue Reading Museum leaders aim high for design

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Summit House moves forward

In 1999, then-Congressman Joel Hefley secured a budget earmark for $1 million, funds that could only be used for planning and design work on a proposed new Pikes Peak Summit House, designated as a priority in the 1998 Pikes Peak Master Plan. Fifteen years later, those funds remain untouched. But the project finally could be… Continue Reading Summit House moves forward

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Throughout the expansive room inside Library 21c, interested people gathered in clusters, listening to others, asking questions and receiving answers. The crowd estimated at 250 to 300 might not have been fully united, but on this Tuesday evening, even the known cynics kept their confrontational instincts in check. The event was billed as a “different”… Continue Reading C4C meeting produces more clarity

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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park opens Saturday

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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park opens Saturday

The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park in Cañon City will re-open to the public for Labor Day Weekend. After a 14-month closure to rebuild the 360-acre park due to a wildfire, a “soft opening” is targeted for Saturday. Mike Bandera, vice-president and general manager, said the key word is “targeted” as the park will be… Continue Reading Royal Gorge Bridge and Park opens Saturday

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