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Council – time for an early ROI assessment

As this version of the Colorado Springs City Council approaches its one-year anniversary, it may be time for a quick performance assessment. It should be simple enough. At the mischievous suggestion of a prominent local businessman, we’ll use metrics generally accepted in the corporate world — those that the Council majority cited as they quizzed… Continue Reading Council – time for an early ROI assessment

CVB, RBA win full funding amid overrides

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“It’s been a great week!” said Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Doug Price, reacting to City Council’s decision to sustain Mayor Steve Bach’s veto of a proposed $1.3 million cut in the organization’s budget, following on the heels of the state Economic Development Commission’s support of the City for Champions proposal. Mayor Bach’s… Continue Reading CVB, RBA win full funding amid overrides

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City Council, Broadmoor at odds over funding decisions

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: A majority of the Colorado Springs City Council members are aggressively anti-business. That’s the only conclusion you can draw from Tuesday’s council meeting. Thanks to the Feckless Five (Council President Keith King and Councilors Helen Collins, Don Knight, Joel Miller and Andy Pico), Council stripped away funding… Continue Reading City Council, Broadmoor at odds over funding decisions

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The tourism industry packed a punch in Colorado Springs in 2011. More than 5.5 million visitors to the Springs and El Paso County spent $1.2 billion. Visitors came to such events as the U.S. Women’s Open, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Because of tourism, 11,000 people in the… Continue Reading Colorado Springs tourism sees growth in 2011

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This summer, Colorado Springs hotels and destinations are giving either free beer, free rooms or free gas to visitors to help ease the pain at the pump. In its second year, the “Tank Full of Summer Savings” program offers fuel-friendly prices on anything from a pint of microbrew to a $50 gas card. The goal… Continue Reading Local hotels and destinations offering free tank of gas if you stay

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July was hot for tourism in Colorado Springs

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July was a hot month for tourism in Colorado Springs and for city coffers, which collected record-breaking amounts in lodging taxes. City officials reported in a monthly tax collection report that the hotel industry showed a large percentage increase – 22 percent — in July 2011 over last July. Overall, the combined sales and use… Continue Reading July was hot for tourism in Colorado Springs

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CVB launches guide to savings, cheap gas

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The Colorado Springs Visitors and Convention Bureau is launching a new marketing campaign to combat high gasoline prices and bring in more drive-in tourists to the city. The summer tourism promotion is called “Tank full of Summer Savings.” The CBV has combined fuel-themed discounts from its member hotels, attractionsa nd restaurants. All deals can be… Continue Reading CVB launches guide to savings, cheap gas

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Incoming CVB chief seen as a pioneer

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Business was lagging at Marriott Corp. Meeting planners had become reluctant to book conventions at its hotels, and management couldn’t figure out what the problem was. So they asked Doug Price for help. Price, an executive with Destination Marketing Association International in Washington, D.C., will succeed Terry Sullivan as CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention… Continue Reading Incoming CVB chief seen as a pioneer

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Pro cycling in Colo. Springs an unsure bet

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Colorado Springs is a mecca for cyclists but no one has stepped forward to lead the city’s bid to host a leg of the Quiznos Pro Challenge, an international cycling race set for next year. The city’s tourism bureau cannot assume that leadership role under the organizers’ rules. Without such leadership, the Springs could see… Continue Reading Pro cycling in Colo. Springs an unsure bet

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