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City still must provide more detail for plans

Colorado Springs’ application for state funding of four projects under the provisions of the Colorado Regional Tourism Act was duly filed this week with the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, finally going public with details that had been kept secret for months. Officials thought to be involved in the process had repeatedly claimed… Continue Reading City still must provide more detail for plans

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City rolls four projects into tourism proposal

Before an umbrella-toting crowd of about 50 community leaders, downtown advocates and media representatives, Mayor Steve Bach formally revealed a few details Monday of the city’s forthcoming application for up to $82 million in funds from the Colorado Regional Tourism Act. In partnership with El Pomar Foundation, the Downtown Development Authority and the Anschutz Foundation,… Continue Reading City rolls four projects into tourism proposal

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Airport hopes its rebound can start soon

The Colorado Springs Airport is striving to be more customer-friendly, reduce costs and attract more passengers. And all that work just might have paid off — at least in a small way. The airport plans soon to announce flights to two additional cities from the Springs airport, flights that represent a return of service for… Continue Reading Airport hopes its rebound can start soon

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Tourism officials race against summer clock to entice more visitors

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey’s state tourism office set aside $25 million to advertise that the famed Jersey Shore was open for business. City groups pitched in another $20 million for the biggest tourism war chest in that state’s history. Down South, BP has pumped more than $150 million into advertising and… Continue Reading Tourism officials race against summer clock to entice more visitors

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For the past few weeks, speculation has been rampant about new flights from the Colorado Springs Airport. Would they renew flights to Orlando? To Phoenix? Would existing carriers expand their flights? The answer came Thursday morning – Alaska Airlines will fly from Colorado Springs to Seattle starting in November. At the announcement, Mayor Steve Bach… Continue Reading Alaska Airlines to fly to Seattle from Springs

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El Pomar expands Carriage Museum

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The El Pomar Foundation unveiled an expansion of the El Pomar Carriage Museum to include the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The announcement happens in conjunction with preparations for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb which is this weekend. Free and open to the public, the museum currently features three Pikes Peak Hill Climb cars… Continue Reading El Pomar expands Carriage Museum

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For the second time in its history, the Pikes Peak Range Riders have canceled their annual ride into the mountains surrounding Colorado Springs. The Black Forest fire – and the extent of its damage – are the reasons behind the cancellation, just as the 2002 ride was cancelled because of the Hayman fire. “We believe… Continue Reading Range Riders cancel ride, but street breakfast will continue

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Upbeat outlook has Cripple Creek investing

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Upbeat outlook has Cripple Creek investing

With gambling numbers improving and a pervasive sense of hopefulness, Cripple Creek is beginning to make bigger investments in itself. “I think we’re all cautiously optimistic,” said Maria Cunningham, marketing and events manager for the historic Teller County town. Cripple Creek casino revenue ticked up 0.5 percent year-over-year in 2012, which was a good sign.… Continue Reading Upbeat outlook has Cripple Creek investing

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CVB looks to educate outsiders

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CVB looks to educate outsiders

Tourism is a tough business. There’s no way to determine success, no way to tell whether the message is resonating with the target audience, no way to measure the return on the millions invested in advertising, marketing or other publicity. Tourism experts use a bunch of different messages and a lot of different media, hoping… Continue Reading CVB looks to educate outsiders

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The Colorado Springs Crowne Plaza has been purchased by 513 Hotels Ltd., a division of the Investment Corporation of America. And, in its first step as its new owners, the hotel has been renamed as the Hotel Elegante Event and Conference Center. The company is planning a multi-million dollar renovation, including new Simmons Beautyrest pillow-top… Continue Reading Crowne Plaza has new owners, new name

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