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The Broadmoor, a barometer of sorts for the convention and meeting business in Colorado Springs, closed out 2010 with group room-night sales significantly higher than expected. The hotel had braced for a decline in group business for the year but instead, thanks to a recovering, if unsteady, economy, was able to post results in line… Continue Reading Group sales help Broadmoor finish year on high note

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Al White has been a state lawmaker for years but the spotlight is about to get even brighter for the Republican from Hayden. As I reported online earlier this week, the tourism and hospitality industry is excited about the news that Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper has appointed White as director of the Colorado Tourism Office. Until… Continue Reading State tourism chief expected to create ‘single voice’

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Lodging Association votes down LART-increase idea

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The Pikes Peak Lodging Association board of directors has voted unanimously to oppose any increase in the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax, or LART. “We do not believe that the business climate is receptive to any type of increase,” Steve Ducoff, president of the PPLA, said in a press release. “More importantly, an increase in… Continue Reading Lodging Association votes down LART-increase idea

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I caught up earlier this week with Chris Carmichael (he wasn’t on his bike) and asked him about his role in helping bring a stage of the coming Quizno’s Pro Challenge cycling race to the Springs. Carmichael, of course, is a former Olympic athlete, the owner of Carmichael Training Solutions, and Lance Armstrong’s cycling coach.… Continue Reading Carmichael: Quizno’s race an ‘enormous responsibility’

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As we reported online, the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau has named Doug Price, a senior vice president with Destination Marketing Association International in Washington, D.C., to replace longtime CEO Terry Sullivan. Continue Reading Incoming CVB chief will emphasize impact of tourism

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Is an outsider really the best person to lead the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau? In this case, yes, say CVB board members who announced yesterday that Doug Price, a senior V.P. with Destination Marketing Association International in Washington, D.C. will replace longtime CEO Terry Sullivan. “We didn’t choose an outsider, ” said chairwoman Susan Edmondson. “We… Continue Reading CVB Board: Price is best pick, despite ‘outsider’ status

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Allegiant’s new routes in Colorado Springs have attracted full passenger loads since their debut on Sept. 15. The airline added two nonstop routes last month to Long Beach Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Allegiant, which began service from Colorado Springs to Las Vegas in 2002, is doing more than growing. It’s also rebranding. The airline… Continue Reading Allegiant claims success in new Colorado Springs routes

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The lodging allowance portion of government per-diem rates is dropping in Colorado Springs and 310 other areas across the nation. Continue Reading Gov’t lowers per diems, hotels expect to suffer

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Hotel business is up but room rates remain a drag

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Hotel occupancy in Colorado Springs, year-to-date, is up more than 4 percent compared to the same time last year. But there’s no need to uncork the champagne just yet. Occupancy is up because room rates are flat or down. Lowering room rates became necessary during the recession to attract visitors in a faltering industry. But… Continue Reading Hotel business is up but room rates remain a drag

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After 20 years at the helm, Terry Sullivan, CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, will retire at the end of this year. Everyone knows that. What’s not so well known is how the bureau will replace him, including how far from the region it’ll range to find the best possible candidate. It… Continue Reading How far, wide will Sullivan replacement search range?

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