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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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The Rocky Mountain State Games were expected to generate $6.5 million in economic activity over the course of the three-day event this past weekend. That makes the games, hosted by The Colorado Springs Sports Corp., one of the city’s top revenue-generating events. By comparison, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which happens to draw an international… Continue Reading State Games a big tourism weekend for Pikes Peak area

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After 20 years at the helm, Terry Sullivan, CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, will retire at the end of this year. Everyone knows that. What’s not so well known is how the bureau will replace him, including how far from the region it’ll range to find the best possible candidate. It… Continue Reading How far, wide will Sullivan replacement search range?

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Strasburg, Va. – a town for sale

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Colorado may be home to great scenery and mountainscapes, but for those looking for their very own tourist town east of the Mississippi, there’s great news this week. Strasburg, Va. – a place famous for its antique shops, civil war memorabilia and quirky attractions – will be auctioned for sale on July 22. Much of… Continue Reading Strasburg, Va. – a town for sale

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Hotel occupancy numbers on the rise

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Hotel occupancy numbers for Colorado Springs are almost as hot as the weather, lately. The Rocky Mountain Lodging Report for June showed a jump in occupancy from 68.1 percent in May to nearly 78 percent in June. Of course, occupancy typically increases in June over May and peaks in July. However, year-to-date, occupancy in the… Continue Reading Hotel occupancy numbers on the rise

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The tourism industry stands to gain attention and traction from the U.S. Export Council’s plan to double exports over the next five years — at least the U.S. Travel Association thinks so. President Obama has appointed two members of the Travel Association’s board of directors, Glenn Tilton, CEO of United Airlines, and Bob Iger, CEO… Continue Reading Export plan aims to attract more overseas travelers

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Team Ducati’s racers and pit crew dined on steaks and jumbo prawns at MacKenzie’s Chophouse. Big-rig racer Mike Ryan of Mike Ryan Motorsports in California stayed at the Dillon Motel in Manitou Springs, where the “hospitality was incomparable.” And Falken Tire and Team Ducati stayed at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. That scenario played out all… Continue Reading Pikes Peak Hill Climb fuels local hospitality industry

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Every year since 2000, the Colorado Tourism Office has commissioned a report about the state’s tourism business from Longwoods International. So does Visit Denver, the city’s convention and visitors bureau. Colorado Springs, on the other hand, doesn’t get its own report. Why not? The easy answer is budget cutbacks. But it’s a bit more complicated… Continue Reading Tight on cash, visitors bureau puts off added analysis

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The local summer tourism season appears to be off to a great start. Tourism activity over the Memorial Day weekend in the Pikes Peak region was up substantially over last year. Most of the 25 tourist attractions that are members of Pikes Peak Country Attractions had double-digit increases in attendance over the holiday weekend, ranging… Continue Reading Memorial weekend hints of stronger season ahead

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The Norris-Penrose Events Center could someday soon host much more than rodeos, monster-truck shows and brewfests. Think a summer concert series, cultural events, the Air Force Academy Band or jazz and blues festivals. The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation and the rodeo board recently met with dozens of community leaders, nonprofits and businesses to… Continue Reading Norris-Penrose center sets sights on expansion

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