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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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Tourism CEO pocketing less than peers

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The base salary for Doug Price, the new CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, might seem like a fortune compared to the region’s median household income of $52,984. But it’s considerably less than what visitors bureau CEOs in other like-sized cities earn, and it appears to be about the same as his… Continue Reading Tourism CEO pocketing less than peers

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Top five priorities for CVB’s new chief

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The Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau will go through a leadership change next month when Doug Price takes over for the retiring Terry Sullivan. The Business Journal this week surveyed key players in the hospitality industry, asking them what they think Price should do to attract more leisure and business traffic to the city.… Continue Reading Top five priorities for CVB’s new chief

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CVB lands Destination Marketing accreditation

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The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau has been awarded accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program, or DMAP. The CVB has been working to achieve this accreditation since May. Such credentials are an important milestone for the bureau, and can help it when marketing the community across the nation and internationally. There are 16 standards that… Continue Reading CVB lands Destination Marketing accreditation

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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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Lodging Association votes down LART-increase idea

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The Pikes Peak Lodging Association board of directors has voted unanimously to oppose any increase in the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax, or LART. “We do not believe that the business climate is receptive to any type of increase,” Steve Ducoff, president of the PPLA, said in a press release. “More importantly, an increase in… Continue Reading Lodging Association votes down LART-increase idea

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Perhaps now they wish they would have pushed harder. I’m talking about any of the various business interests in town that are scrambling to find a venue for their expositions and conferences now that the Phil Long Expo Center is closing its doors. Finding adequate space isn’t their only issue. Just try asking The Broadmoor’s… Continue Reading Let’s increase the hospitality tax and build a convention center

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Let’s reconsider building a convention center

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Downtown Colorado Springs has plenty going for it but it’s missing a key ingredient — a convention center. The idea of building a convention center generated so much controversy a few years ago that voters approved a measure barring city officials from even discussing plans for one. But the need for a center might be… Continue Reading Let’s reconsider building a convention center

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As we reported online, the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau has named Doug Price, a senior vice president with Destination Marketing Association International in Washington, D.C., to replace longtime CEO Terry Sullivan. Continue Reading Incoming CVB chief will emphasize impact of tourism

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Is an outsider really the best person to lead the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau? In this case, yes, say CVB board members who announced yesterday that Doug Price, a senior V.P. with Destination Marketing Association International in Washington, D.C. will replace longtime CEO Terry Sullivan. “We didn’t choose an outsider, ” said chairwoman Susan Edmondson. “We… Continue Reading CVB Board: Price is best pick, despite ‘outsider’ status

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