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The local summer tourism season appears to be off to a great start. Tourism activity over the Memorial Day weekend in the Pikes Peak region was up substantially over last year. Most of the 25 tourist attractions that are members of Pikes Peak Country Attractions had double-digit increases in attendance over the holiday weekend, ranging… Continue Reading Memorial weekend hints of stronger season ahead

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The Norris-Penrose Events Center could someday soon host much more than rodeos, monster-truck shows and brewfests. Think a summer concert series, cultural events, the Air Force Academy Band or jazz and blues festivals. The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation and the rodeo board recently met with dozens of community leaders, nonprofits and businesses to… Continue Reading Norris-Penrose center sets sights on expansion

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Could hikers someday soon be asked to pay a fee to climb Pikes Peak? Proposed Forest Service fees for the South Colony Basin in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains already have the 14er and climbing community in an uproar. The pros and cons of charging people to hike major mountains — Colorado is one of… Continue Reading Climbing fee proposal raises concerns for hospitality

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Fomenting profits: Wine and tourism

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From all across the United States they come to stomp grapes, tour cellars and swirl and sip wines. It’s all part of the wine-tourism trade, a small but steadily growing segment of the hospitality business that has gained increased traction over the past decade in Colorado. Although relatively new to the wine scene, Colorado wineries… Continue Reading Fomenting profits: Wine and tourism

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Herds drawn to zoo’s open enclosures

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When first introduced to their open-air enclosure, the giraffes huddled together in a corner of the African Rift Valley at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. “They were wary and mistrusting for about three weeks,” said Sean Anglum, public relations manager for the mountain zoo. Being prey, not predators, it took them time to adjust to “massive”… Continue Reading Herds drawn to zoo’s open enclosures

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Anyone who’s ever visited Manitou Springs on a sunny weekend knows it can be an art form to find parking. This dilemma has been an ongoing topic of debate and discussion for years. Several years ago, a review by a consultant underscored the need for change. Now that time has arrived. Manitou’s Economic Development Committee… Continue Reading Manitou shifts into high gear to solve parking woes

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“Staycations,” always popular when the economy dips, helped pull the region’s hospitality industry through the recession. Staycations, of course, have long been an area staple, but became especially critical when the fuel crisis hit three summers ago, followed six months later by the start of the downturn. This season, those in the tourism industry hope… Continue Reading ‘Staycation’ business could see a decline this year

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Hospitality industry hiring again

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Hotels and others in the tourism business are hiring again, the latest sign of a recovering economy. That’s good news for anyone looking for work. The bad news is that a stubbornly high unemployment rate has put hospitality-industry employers firmly in the driver’s seat. In 2006 and ‘07, jobs would go unfilled. Today, applications are… Continue Reading Hospitality industry hiring again

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The city that created such events as the Emma Crawford coffin races, a Mardi Gras parade and the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cookoff has come up with another event to entice locals and tourists — its very own luau. The idea for “The ManitouAu” was born last year, out of the Manitou Chamber of Commerce’s affection… Continue Reading Manitou goes Polynesian in latest bid to draw crowds

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The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has hired Durel Consulting Partners of Baltimore, Md.,  to evaluate the future of the museum, as part of a business planning effort. The project is being paid for entirely with donations and grants from the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Colorado, H. Chase Stone Trust,  J.H. Edmondson Foundation and Bee Vradenburg… Continue Reading Pioneers Museum hires business consultants

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