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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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Fomenting profits: Wine and tourism

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From all across the United States they come to stomp grapes, tour cellars and swirl and sip wines. It’s all part of the wine-tourism trade, a small but steadily growing segment of the hospitality business that has gained increased traction over the past decade in Colorado. Although relatively new to the wine scene, Colorado wineries… Continue Reading Fomenting profits: Wine and tourism

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Hospitality industry hiring again

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Hotels and others in the tourism business are hiring again, the latest sign of a recovering economy. That’s good news for anyone looking for work. The bad news is that a stubbornly high unemployment rate has put hospitality-industry employers firmly in the driver’s seat. In 2006 and ‘07, jobs would go unfilled. Today, applications are… Continue Reading Hospitality industry hiring again

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The city that created such events as the Emma Crawford coffin races, a Mardi Gras parade and the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cookoff has come up with another event to entice locals and tourists — its very own luau. The idea for “The ManitouAu” was born last year, out of the Manitou Chamber of Commerce’s affection… Continue Reading Manitou goes Polynesian in latest bid to draw crowds

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Garden of the Gods was named one of the nation’s top “unheralded attractions” by tripadvisor.com. The city-owned park claimed the No. 2 spot on the online travel community list of the top five free attractions in the country. “Its name does not overstate the beauty and scale of this impressive sight,” the report said. “The Garden… Continue Reading Garden of the Gods an ‘unheralded attraction’

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Despite increasing its marketing budget to more than $1 million for the first time, the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau saw a 3 percent drop in lodging taxes for 2008 but still drew millions of dollars to the city, according to the CVB’s annual report released today. And, if it weren’t for several major events in… Continue Reading CVB revenue down 3 percent in 2008

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Because of poor economic conditions, tourism in the Pikes Peak region could increase this summer season. Local marketing and chamber of commerce folks are optimistic that tourist visits will hold steady compared to last year — or even increase slightly — as Coloradoans opt for staying closer to home. “People will still be taking vacations,”… Continue Reading Sputtering economy might actually boost local tourism

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AAA Colorado reports that travel to Hawaii – one of Coloradoans’ top five annual getaway destinations – has become more affordable – due in part to the overall economy. The biggest savings this year can be found in Maui or Oahu where the average price for hotel and airfare from Denver for two people has… Continue Reading Colorado travelers finding Hawaii more affordable

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Vail CEO skips pay, cuts wages

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Vail Resorts’ CEO will forego pay for a year and the resort will cut wages to save jobs and more than $10 million a year, executives announcedyesterday. CEO Rob Katz will not take any salary for a year and then take 15-percent pay cut the following year. He also will not participate in any stock… Continue Reading Vail CEO skips pay, cuts wages

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New city manager addresses business leaders

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Speaking to more than 300 people at a breakfast sponsored by the Quality Community Group this morning at the Doubletree Hotel, recently hired Colorado Springs city manager Penelope Culbreath-Graft discussed her impressions of her new community and her plans for the future. While reluctant to be specific, citing her brief tenure, she touched on areas… Continue Reading New city manager addresses business leaders

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