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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

Year in review: Tourism

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Year in review: Tourism

Tourism endured another tough year with Mother Nature’s unkind antics. Recent weeks, though, have buoyed the industry with promises of a smoother future, as the City for Champions proposal received full funding from the Colorado Economic Development Commission on Dec. 16 and City Council restored the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau’s full $2.6 million… Continue Reading Year in review: Tourism

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So today, “It’s our Nature.” Over the past 10 years, we’ve been “Colorful as Colorado,” been asked to “Advance Colorado” and reminded we’re “In a Place Called Colorado.” What we’re not, apparently, is certain who we are. It’s the prerogative of each governor’s administration to put its own stamp on marketing the state, so this… Continue Reading What’s worse, state’s new logo and slogan, or process?

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State EDC: Closer look at RTA’s deciders

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Who’s the decider? When it comes to the four projects chosen by Colorado Springs to receive potential funding under provisions of the state Regional Tourism Act, it’s not Mayor Steve Bach — nor is it the City Council, or the Board of County Commissioners, or Bill Hybl, or even “Mr. (Philip) Anschutz.” The fate of… Continue Reading State EDC: Closer look at RTA’s deciders

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You can’t leave this one up to the voters,” said an individual close to the Colorado Springs strategy for the Regional Tourism Act process, requesting anonymity. “This is too important. The future of the city is on the line, tens of millions in private funds, a chance to build a real downtown where’s there’s nothing… Continue Reading How to finance tourism facilities without a vote

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Early tourism: About the same as last year

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Early tourism: About the same as last year

Business owners in the lodging and tourist trades report varying degrees of success after the first month of summer tourism season in the Colorado Springs area. Occupancy at the 54-room Cliff House at Pikes Peak was “great” over the Fourth of July weekend, said General Manager Paul York. “We’re at 80 percent for the month… Continue Reading Early tourism: About the same as last year

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When you’ve come from another part of the country, you never forget your first visit to the Air Force Academy. You see the Cadet Chapel from a distance as you exit off Interstate 25. You drive amid the peaceful pines, make a stop to check out Falcon Stadium, then reach the inner campus and the… Continue Reading AFA tourism project isn’t just political pawn

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Let’s make the most of LART

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For years, Colorado Springs quietly has collected and utilized the revenues from a Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax. By comparison with other cities our size and larger, we’ve never turned the LART tax into a gold mine, charging only 2 percent for lodging and just 1 percent for car rentals in addition to the usual… Continue Reading Let’s make the most of LART

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City rolls four projects into tourism proposal

Before an umbrella-toting crowd of about 50 community leaders, downtown advocates and media representatives, Mayor Steve Bach formally revealed a few details Monday of the city’s forthcoming application for up to $82 million in funds from the Colorado Regional Tourism Act. In partnership with El Pomar Foundation, the Downtown Development Authority and the Anschutz Foundation,… Continue Reading City rolls four projects into tourism proposal

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Tourism officials race against summer clock to entice more visitors

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey’s state tourism office set aside $25 million to advertise that the famed Jersey Shore was open for business. City groups pitched in another $20 million for the biggest tourism war chest in that state’s history. Down South, BP has pumped more than $150 million into advertising and… Continue Reading Tourism officials race against summer clock to entice more visitors

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