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In Colorado Springs, conventions are big business

The line to check in at the Crowne Plaza in Colorado Springs was 50 people deep. They were in town for the USA Hockey convention, and no one seemed to mind the wait as they chatted away about hockey and got reacquainted after meeting at previous years’ conventions. When they finally made it to the… Continue Reading In Colorado Springs, conventions are big business

Hotels strategize to gain conference business

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November marks the beginning of the off-tourism season, when demand for hotel rooms is at its lowest and the pursuit of group meetings starts. Continue Reading Hotels strategize to gain conference business

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Behind the scenes at the symposium that’s about to swallow The Broadmoor Two years ago, a fire in one of the outdoor display tents nearly derailed the largest non-sporting event in Colorado Springs, the annual Space Symposium. Last year, a high-tech robot snarfed up most of The Broadmoor’s Wi-Fi bandwidth, slowing down the computers and… Continue Reading Making space for the Space Symposium

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Meetings and conventions have been called the invisible industry, but hoteliers in Colorado Springs intend to change that. And if the Convention and Visitors Bureau has its way, the region will be a hotbed for group business. With the economy starting to turn around, convention business is poised to recover, locally. Last year, while hotel… Continue Reading Convention industry grows as corporate stigma fades

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CVB plans to beef up marketing in ’11

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Targeting tourists, conventioneers After struggling through deep budget cuts last year, the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau has put its marketing efforts into high gear. To pull it off, the CVB increased its marketing budget by 32 percent, from $895,606 to $1.18 million. It was able to do so because its share of the… Continue Reading CVB plans to beef up marketing in ’11

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There’s good news on the hospitality front: Group and convention business has been gaining traction this year, far exceeding expectations, and is expected to get even better next year. Last year at this time, the outlook was dismal. Instead, demand has increased sooner than most people predicted. The fourth quarter is looking strong or steady… Continue Reading Hotels’ convention business getting back up to speed

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