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More than 64 percent of U.S. adults plan on taking a vacation during the next six months, according to a quarterly report co-authored by MMGY Global and the U.S. Travel Association. It’s the second year that the outlook has been this bright, the report said. The percentage of Americans planning to travel between May and… Continue Reading U.S. travel forecast looks brighter this year

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It might be too soon to know whether the local hotel industry will feel a backlash from the GSA scandal, but hospitality managers are bracing for it … Continue Reading Hotels speculate about fallout from GSA scandal

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Two community leaders have embarked on an effort to raise money to replace the Pikes Peak Summit House. Continue Reading Unlikely duo launch effort to replace Pikes Peak summit house

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Colorado Springs’ name this summer is mud. Events like this past weekend’s Spartan race, the upcoming Brag Like the Big Dogs mud race and the Dirty Dash Mud Race are changing typical summer runs into splash-around, roll-around, muddy-good times. “People are just sick of the plain old 26-mile run out on the asphalt,” said Justin… Continue Reading ‘Mud’ events make their way to the Springs

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The Colorado Springs Embassy Suites has launched a Facebook contest in honor of the summer Olympics and will give away a two-night stay for up to four people. “The idea behind the contest is to create hype around the area and around the hotel, which is not far from the U.S. Olympic Training Center,” said… Continue Reading Embassy Suites offers CS suite in Olympics-themed competition

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Colorado Springs’ zoo in the mountains has reached its fundraising goal of $13.5 million for its biggest capital improvement project in the zoo’s history. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo officials announced Thursday that the Encounter Africa exhibit is a go, now fully funded. Already, the zoo’s African elephants have a new barn; and the African lions and… Continue Reading Zoo’s Encounter Africa fully funded, will open in 2013

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Frontier Airlines expects to find out this month if it won a bid for a direct flight from Colorado Springs to Washington D.C. “We really hope that it happens,” said Andrea Tollar, Frontier Airlines director of sales. Tollar spoke to leaders in the Colorado Springs tourism industry Wednesday at the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors… Continue Reading Frontier awaiting D.C. confirmation, considering additional Springs flights

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The tourism industry packed a punch in Colorado Springs in 2011. More than 5.5 million visitors to the Springs and El Paso County spent $1.2 billion. Visitors came to such events as the U.S. Women’s Open, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Because of tourism, 11,000 people in the… Continue Reading Colorado Springs tourism sees growth in 2011

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Mining Exchange opening, at long last

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The long-awaited downtown Mining Exchange Hotel opens next week, on May 9. Continue Reading Mining Exchange opening, at long last

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A Tennessee-based outdoor company has big plans to spruce up the aging Garden of the Gods Campgrounds and turn it into a high-quality outdoor resort. RVC Outdoor Destinations bought the campgrounds this week and will immediately spend $200,000 on renovation, including improving tent sites, resurfacing pools, painting structures and improving existing RV site, said Andy… Continue Reading GOG Campgrounds to become ‘outdoor resort’

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