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Colorado Parks and Wildlife says it has $1.7 million in matching grants available to support projects that would benefit fishing, shooting ranges or motorized boating. Parks and wildlife officials are accepting applications from individuals, organizations and local governments for some of that money. The Fishing is Fun grant program has $900,000 available to distribute for… Continue Reading $1.7M available for Colorado recreation projects

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Deadline Friday for Live it Up designs

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The deadline to submit a design that helps brand the city is looming. The Colorado Springs branding task force is accepting design ideas to go along with its city slogan “Live it Up” until noon Jan. 6. Submissions are already coming in,  said Chelsy Murphy, Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau spokeswoman. “We want to… Continue Reading Deadline Friday for Live it Up designs

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Air travel is getting more frustrating, according to a new survey by the U.S. Travel Association. Two out of five air passengers wish for some other form of transportation this holiday season. In fact, travelers want two gifts: an expansion of the trusted traveler program to allow more people into a faster screening process and… Continue Reading Baggage, security top list of air travelers’ frustration

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A summer of big events filled hotel rooms, had people spending money in local restaurants and stores and helped the Colorado Springs tourism industry gain some upward traction in 2011. Local attractions had record-breaking crowds in June and July and special events, which brought in at least a half million spectators and participants to town,… Continue Reading Big events boosted region’s tourism industry in 2011

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Denver explores bid for Winter Olympic Games

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Denver is forming an exploratory group to host the Olympic Winter Games. A group of community and civic leaders representing broad interests from across Colorado will be meeting in the coming weeks about submitting a bid to the U.S. Olympic Committee. The Denver Exploratory Committee will identify the opportunities and challenges of a bid based… Continue Reading Denver explores bid for Winter Olympic Games

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Nordic skiing and photography does mix

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So, you think you can Nordic ski. But, can you Nordic ski and take photos at the same time? Professional photographers Xavier Fane and Raynor Czerwinski are out to show Nordic skiers how to take photos in the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley, located in southwest Colorado. The valley has emerged as a Nordic skiing hot spot… Continue Reading Nordic skiing and photography does mix

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The Colorado Springs branding task force has decided to work  with local artists to redesign its Live it Up logo. The art will change but the slogan, “Live it Up,” will remain. About $ 111,000 was paid to create the slogan and logo. The redesign will cost another $5,000. Do you agree with the task… Continue Reading Do you agree with the ‘Live it Up’ redesign decision?

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Internet Honey to work with Oregon tourism

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Internet Honey Co., a Colorado Springs marketing technology company, picked up another sweet contract with a state travel and tourism commission. Internet Honey was awarded a contract with the Oregon Tourism Commission, also known as Travel Oregon, to provide the software that will measure and maximize all consumer travel leads generated by the state’s tourism… Continue Reading Internet Honey to work with Oregon tourism

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Hotels strategize to gain conference business

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November marks the beginning of the off-tourism season, when demand for hotel rooms is at its lowest and the pursuit of group meetings starts. Continue Reading Hotels strategize to gain conference business

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Recognizing that some people believe  “Live it Up!” doesn’t live up to the city’s potential, the Community Branding Task Force will meet after Thanksgiving to consider advice from local designers who have protested that the new logo is amateurish and trite. “We are open to making this better,” said Doug Price, president and CEO of… Continue Reading Branding taskforce will consider design input

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