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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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First lady Michelle Obama will speak Monday in Colorado Springs at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Warrior Games, a competition for more than 200 wounded, ill and injured military members and veterans. Back for a third year, the Warrior Games will be April 30 – May 5 at the U.S. Air Force Academy. More… Continue Reading First Lady to open ceremony for 2012 Warrior Games

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For people who dream about racing a car at 160 miles per hour, the Pikes Peak International Raceway and the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving are about to make that experience happen for them. Bob Bondurant, the world-champion race car driver who has trained Navy SEALS and readied movie stars for their roles… Continue Reading Pikes Peak International Raceway partners with driving school

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USAFA readies for tourism season

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If the U.S. Air Force Academy cadet chapel were a supermodel, May would mark the beginning of its fashion week. Each year, an estimated 500,000 visitors tour the U.S. Air Force Academy ground and inevitably, they all want photos of the chapel, said David Cannon, USAFA spokesman. May, with the academy’s graduation, marks the beginning… Continue Reading USAFA readies for tourism season

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The Cripple Creek District Museum is going gaga for Victorian-era dolls and toys. The museum will open its Victorian children’s room on April 28. The new room, in the second floor apartment of the Trading & Transfer Co. building, features an 1891 bedroom set, doll collection and other items that tell the story of the… Continue Reading Cripple Creek Museum to display Victorian dolls, furniture

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The Broadmoor brings on new executive chef

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The Broadmoor hotel and resort has hired a former Ritz-Carlton head chef as its new executive chef. Continue Reading The Broadmoor brings on new executive chef

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This summer, Colorado Springs hotels and destinations are giving either free beer, free rooms or free gas to visitors to help ease the pain at the pump. In its second year, the “Tank Full of Summer Savings” program offers fuel-friendly prices on anything from a pint of microbrew to a $50 gas card. The goal… Continue Reading Local hotels and destinations offering free tank of gas if you stay

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Polly the Parrot will be the new spokes-animal for Frontier Airlines, which is based in Denver and operates flights in Colorado Springs. Frontier Airlines hosted a contest on Facebook for input on which animal should be featured on the aircraft’s tail. After two rounds of voting, the wise-cracking parrot won. “It was a tight race… Continue Reading Polly the Parrot wins Frontier Airline’s spokes-animal contest

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