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“Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?” “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” “The dog did nothing in the night-time.” “That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes. — Arthur Conan Doyle, Silver Blaze Several months ago, the Colorado Springs City Council approved a $75,000… Continue Reading Amid silence, big plans evolve to pursue tourism funds

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Forget future, tourism needs success now

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Anyone who has spent more than a year in Colorado Springs should know what to expect starting this weekend. It’s the arrival of our annual summer tourism season, which means traffic jams on Interstate 25 around the Cimarron/U.S. Highway 24 exit, then westward on U.S. 24 from there. It also means car travelers flocking into… Continue Reading Forget future, tourism needs success now

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Hard to believe it actually happened, but 17 assorted Colorado Springs civic leaders piled into a bus Monday morning for an all-day trip — to Trinidad. Some weren’t totally sure of the purpose, just that it had to do with tourism and they had been asked to participate. Along the way, the Gray Line bus… Continue Reading SoCo tourism alliance can work

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Male lion makes debut at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

His name is Abuto, hear him roar. He is a 1-and half-year-old African lion and the newest member of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo big cat family. He joins four other lions at the zoo and can be found in the new Encounter Africa lion building, located around the corner from the giraffe building. “We are… Continue Reading Male lion makes debut at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Tweeting, pinning and blogging — tourism industry’s new tactics

At 6 a.m., Chelsy Murphy rolls out of bed and logs on to Pinterest, a social-networking site that allows users to “pin” up photos. As communications director at the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, Murphy knows that early mornings and late nights are when most of the site’s users, 80 percent of whom are… Continue Reading Tweeting, pinning and blogging — tourism industry’s new tactics

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Royal Gorge Route Railroad expecting a strong season

Colorado’s Royal Gorge Route Railroad is anticipating a strong year, because tourists are already booking trips for this season which opens March 9. “This year, our bookings are up by more than 50 percent already – and many of our reservations are focused on our first-class dining experience,” General Manager Steve Kaverman said. He said organizers… Continue Reading Royal Gorge Route Railroad expecting a strong season

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Cole named director of Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association

Ryan Cole has been named executive director of Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association. He takes over for Michele Starling, who led the organization for 13 years. Cole said the organization is perfectly poised to jump full onto into social media networking and advertising, and make a more concerted effort to attract tourists from within the… Continue Reading Cole named director of Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association

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Tourism ready to battle for more state funds

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Even now, seven months later, talking about the effects that the Waldo Canyon fire had on the region’s tourism industry makes voices shake. “Devastating” is how most in the industry — from operators of bed-and-breakfast inns to local attractions, hotels and restaurants — describe that last week of June that dropped Pikes Peak regional tourism… Continue Reading Tourism ready to battle for more state funds

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Manitou Springs has dreamed for years of being a year-round destination town. Now its growing art community may be the way to make it happen. Continue Reading Art scene could make Manitou a full-time destination

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Colorado Springs named a destination on the rise

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Colorado Springs is on the rise as one of America’s favorite destinations. TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, announced the winners of its 2012 Travelers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise awards. The awards recognize the destinations that have seen the greatest increase in positive traveler feedback and traveler interest, year-over-year. Colorado Springs ranks No. 3… Continue Reading Colorado Springs named a destination on the rise

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