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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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The tourism industry stands to gain attention and traction from the U.S. Export Council’s plan to double exports over the next five years — at least the U.S. Travel Association thinks so. President Obama has appointed two members of the Travel Association’s board of directors, Glenn Tilton, CEO of United Airlines, and Bob Iger, CEO… Continue Reading Export plan aims to attract more overseas travelers

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Team Ducati’s racers and pit crew dined on steaks and jumbo prawns at MacKenzie’s Chophouse. Big-rig racer Mike Ryan of Mike Ryan Motorsports in California stayed at the Dillon Motel in Manitou Springs, where the “hospitality was incomparable.” And Falken Tire and Team Ducati stayed at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. That scenario played out all… Continue Reading Pikes Peak Hill Climb fuels local hospitality industry

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Every year since 2000, the Colorado Tourism Office has commissioned a report about the state’s tourism business from Longwoods International. So does Visit Denver, the city’s convention and visitors bureau. Colorado Springs, on the other hand, doesn’t get its own report. Why not? The easy answer is budget cutbacks. But it’s a bit more complicated… Continue Reading Tight on cash, visitors bureau puts off added analysis

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