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Lodgers cross fingers for coming season

Lodgers cross fingers for coming season

Area businesses catering to tourists really could use a good summer. After two seasons marred by fires and floods, local hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfasts are waiting with bated breath to see whether their busiest months will bring boom or bust. Many are cautiously optimistic that this year will curb a two-year slide of disappointing numbers.… Continue Reading Lodgers cross fingers for coming season

Local hotels full, outlying areas have room

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Colorado Springs hotels were 100 percent occupied Tuesday night, said Steve Ducoff, executive director of the Pikes Peak Lodging Association. Across the city there are roughly 14,000 rooms available. Colorado Springs Marriott, which has 309 rooms, was evacuated Tuesday night. So was Embassy Suites, which has 207 rooms. “That is quite a shock,” Ducoff said.… Continue Reading Local hotels full, outlying areas have room

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It might be too soon to know whether the local hotel industry will feel a backlash from the GSA scandal, but hospitality managers are bracing for it … Continue Reading Hotels speculate about fallout from GSA scandal

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The telephone is ringing off the hook at the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau with callers in search of hotel rooms for this Labor Day weekend. “People are saying, ‘I need help finding a room,’ ” said Chelsy Murphy, CVB spokeswoman. “It’s fabulous.” On Thursday morning there were still some hotels reporting vacancies, but… Continue Reading Labor Day weekend set to cap ‘great’ summer tourism season

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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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Starbucks brews up hotel distribution deal

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Starbucks Corp. has brewed up a deal to provide single-serve coffee to half a million hotel rooms, a major step into a small but fast-growing market. The company announced Tuesday that it will provide coffee for Courtesy Products’ CVI single-serve coffee systems beginning this fall. The companies did not disclose the value of the deal.… Continue Reading Starbucks brews up hotel distribution deal

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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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Passenger volumes declined once again at the Colorado Springs Airport this month, news that’s become all too familiar since the recession began sinking its teeth into the airline business. Continue Reading Slow airport traffic has cabs, hotels feeling pain

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Hotel business is up but room rates remain a drag

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Hotel occupancy in Colorado Springs, year-to-date, is up more than 4 percent compared to the same time last year. But there’s no need to uncork the champagne just yet. Occupancy is up because room rates are flat or down. Lowering room rates became necessary during the recession to attract visitors in a faltering industry. But… Continue Reading Hotel business is up but room rates remain a drag

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Memorial Day travel to increase 8 percent

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AAA Colorado projects the number of travelers in the Mountain region this Memorial Day weekend will increase 7.6 percent over 2009 with about 2.5 million residents taking a trip away from home. Nationwide, 32.1 million Americans will travel over the Memorial Day weekend, a 5.4 percent increase over last year when 30.5 million Americans traveled… Continue Reading Memorial Day travel to increase 8 percent

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