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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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Cheyenne Mountain Resort, one of the area’s leading hotels and conference centers, has launched a $20 million renovation despite the slow economic recovery. Upgrades already have been made to a few common areas and work will soon begin on remaking each of the hotel’s more than 300 rooms. During the downturn, as many businesses in… Continue Reading $20M makeover in the works at Cheyenne Mtn. Resort

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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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