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You can’t leave this one up to the voters,” said an individual close to the Colorado Springs strategy for the Regional Tourism Act process, requesting anonymity. “This is too important. The future of the city is on the line, tens of millions in private funds, a chance to build a real downtown where’s there’s nothing… Continue Reading How to finance tourism facilities without a vote

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Foundation launches into tourism

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Foundation launches into tourism

For the Space Foundation, it’s truly a summer of discovery. For the first time, the 30-year-old organization has the room to display decades’ worth of space memorabilia – models of the Mars rover, exhibits from NASA’s space shuttle program, the only moon rock in the state of Colorado. And staff members have combined it all… Continue Reading Foundation launches into tourism

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Big names will tackle problems at airport

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Tuesday morning, speaking from a makeshift media facility on the second level of the Colorado Springs Airport terminal, Mayor Steve Bach announced the creation of an “Airport Air Service Task Force.” Given that the city and its enterprises already benefit from the advice of scores of citizen advisory panels, such an announcement wouldn’t ordinarily merit… Continue Reading Big names will tackle problems at airport

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Early tourism: About the same as last year

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Early tourism: About the same as last year

Business owners in the lodging and tourist trades report varying degrees of success after the first month of summer tourism season in the Colorado Springs area. Occupancy at the 54-room Cliff House at Pikes Peak was “great” over the Fourth of July weekend, said General Manager Paul York. “We’re at 80 percent for the month… Continue Reading Early tourism: About the same as last year

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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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