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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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Local firm crews, marketing companies, directors and film support companies can now register for the “Colorado Reel-Crew,” an online tool that will allow film industry workforce and support service companies to showcase skills and services to producers who want to film in Colorado. The online tool is part of the Reel-Scout platform, an online software… Continue Reading State’s film office launches marketing tool for local production crews

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Calling it the “CVB lite,” the City of Colorado Springs plans to open the building on Acacia Park as a visitors’ center this summer. The building has been unused for decades, but is undergoing a facelift inside and out in order to create the center, which will be staffed by volunteers and include information on… Continue Reading City seeks to create visitors’ center in Acacia Park

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The Garden of the Gods campground has been transformed into an RV Resort. RVC Outdoor Destinations, which purchased the campground in 2012, has completed about $800,000 worth of upgrades to the property. Garden of the Gods RV Resort has 173 RV sites, including six  new executive pull-­thru sites, and 29 upgraded lodging units. In addition… Continue Reading Garden of Gods campground upgraded to RV resort

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Male lion makes debut at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

His name is Abuto, hear him roar. He is a 1-and half-year-old African lion and the newest member of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo big cat family. He joins four other lions at the zoo and can be found in the new Encounter Africa lion building, located around the corner from the giraffe building. “We are… Continue Reading Male lion makes debut at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Royal Gorge Route Railroad expecting a strong season

Colorado’s Royal Gorge Route Railroad is anticipating a strong year, because tourists are already booking trips for this season which opens March 9. “This year, our bookings are up by more than 50 percent already – and many of our reservations are focused on our first-class dining experience,” General Manager Steve Kaverman said. He said organizers… Continue Reading Royal Gorge Route Railroad expecting a strong season

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