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Museums, arenas shine if done right

For a good chunk of February, a driving vacation took me back to my roots, visiting Arkansas and coming back through Texas, seeing family and friends at various stops. But though this trip wasn’t about work, I couldn’t avoid noticing some tourist attractions along the way, especially how they might relate to what’s going on… Continue Reading Museums, arenas shine if done right

Results of an analysis conducted by Tourism Economics were presented to the regional tourism industry on Tuesday, March 10. Private donations, along with financial and organizational support from 26 businesses and municipalities, helped commission a study to determine how Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region compares to its competitive set relative to destination marketing investment. Findings:  The… Continue Reading Report: Tourism promotions underfunded in Pikes Peak region

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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

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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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