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Colorado Springs hotel sales executives, general managers and event planners rate Colorado Springs high against Vail and Albuquerque, but said the city falls short when compared to Denver, especially in the area of night life. The group of about 50 hotel sales executives and event planners from the Hospitality, Sales, Marketing Association International local chapter… Continue Reading Colorado Springs has to sell its strengths, local hotel execs say

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The USA Pro Cycling Challenge will be back in Colorado in 2012 for seven days of cycling from Aug. 20-26.  Race organizers have already begun planning for the 2012 race, although host cities have not been announced. Cities interested in becoming a host city must apply through an official Request for Proposals process beginning next… Continue Reading Race is on to become USA Pro Cycling Challenge host city for next year’s event

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Phil Anschutz buying The Broadmoor

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Denver financier Phil Anschutz is buying the historic Broadmoor hotel. “That is huge for us,” said Allison Scott, Broadmoor spokeswoman. Broadmoor President and CEO Steve Bartolin will remain in place and no other changes are planned to the management or staff. Bartolin met with management and then all employees this morning to break the news.… Continue Reading Phil Anschutz buying The Broadmoor

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CO athletes pushing for carbon regulation

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Winter athletes and ski executives from Colorado are in Washington to talk about climate change. Coloradans including Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler are scheduled to lobby Wednesday for carbon regulation. Earlier this month, President Barack Obama scrubbed a clean-air regulation that aimed to reduce health-threatening smog. The athletes are part of a group called “Protect Our… Continue Reading CO athletes pushing for carbon regulation

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July was hot for tourism in Colorado Springs

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July was a hot month for tourism in Colorado Springs and for city coffers, which collected record-breaking amounts in lodging taxes. City officials reported in a monthly tax collection report that the hotel industry showed a large percentage increase – 22 percent — in July 2011 over last July. Overall, the combined sales and use… Continue Reading July was hot for tourism in Colorado Springs

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Business travelers don’t like to take off their shoes at the airport. This is one thing nearly 30 percent of business travel agents wish they could change in airport security, according to Travel Leaders Fall Travel Trend Survey released today. About 450 travel owners, managers and frontline travel agents were surveyed in August to find… Continue Reading Travelers bugged by post-9/11 airport security rules

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Colorado ski resorts are pumping in $50 million worth of improvements in preparation of the upcoming ski season. Colorado Ski Country USA resorts are investing in minor developments meant to improve guest experiences and major renovations, including new lifts and dining facilities. For example, Copper Mountain is replacing the High Point Lift in its West… Continue Reading Colorado ski resorts invest millions in improvements

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Powderhorn season passes selling at lower prices

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The new owners of the Powderhorn ski resort are keeping their word on offering lower prices on season passes this year compared with last season. For instance, the price of an adult season pass this year is $399, down from $420 last season. The ski area near Grand Junction offers various passes for different age… Continue Reading Powderhorn season passes selling at lower prices

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An estimated 9,500 visitors will visit the Pikes Peak region for the Air Force Academy’s annual Parents’ Weekend, starting Thursday. The visitors are expected to bring an additional $7.5 million in direct revenue to Colorado Springs businesses and an additional $556,776 in sales tax revenue. Academy officials say the numbers are a fraction of the… Continue Reading Parents’ weekend to bring $7.5M to Springs economy

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Breckenridge considering limit on skiers

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The Breckenridge Town Council is considering asking for a cap on daily skier visits to reduce the impact on the community on peak days. The recommendation is among a list of requests to be sent to the Forest Service, which is considering allowing the Breckenridge Ski Resort to add about 550 acres of skiing on… Continue Reading Breckenridge considering limit on skiers

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