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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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The Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau was recognized for its “55 Attractions in 5 Days” initiative at the Governor’s 2012 Colorado Tourism Conference this month. The Colorado Springs CVB was given the “Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative Award,” which is presented to a community or region that has demonstrated excellence in a tourism event, promotion… Continue Reading Colorado Springs CVB recognized for outstanding tourism initiative

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Amy Long’s voice is calm and hopeful. In the tourism game, she understands the ebb and flow of the market better than anyone. She’s the vice president of marketing and membership at the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau. After the Waldo Canyon fire took a turn toward Colorado Springs on June 26, she was… Continue Reading Springs marketing its way out of fire’s economic effects

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The government says the number of long delays in July involving planes stuck on airport tarmacs was more than the previous eight months combined. Twenty eight planes were stuck on the ground at U.S. airports for more than three hours that month, the height of the summer travel season. Eighteen of those planes were operated… Continue Reading Long flight delays soared in July

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CVB hopes to reinvigorate LART with two new grants

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For the first time this year, sales tax collections in Colorado Springs are down. But tourism officials are speedily working to get travelers to the city this fall to make up for summer losses during the Waldo Canyon fire. July’s sale taxes were down nearly 4 percent from the same time last year; but the… Continue Reading CVB hopes to reinvigorate LART with two new grants

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Rumors of the closing of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, Colorado’s scenic train in Canon City, are highly exaggerated. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad train is open for business. Another long-time tourist attraction in Canon City, The Royal Gorge Scenic Train, a narrow-gauge children’s train, will close after 54-years in September. Some recent media reports… Continue Reading Royal Gorge Route Railroad still open for business

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Aspen hotel trying to lure Chinese tourists

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  An Aspen hotel is counting on Chinese tourists to fill rooms.   The Little Nell hotel recently sent representatives to China, hoping to lure wealthy Chinese tourists looking for a Western mountain town experience.   Hotel officials believe many wealthy Chinese who send their children to U.S. schools could be sold on a North… Continue Reading Aspen hotel trying to lure Chinese tourists

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In the game of summer tourism, Colorado Springs got its butt kicked in the first half by the Waldo Canyon fire … Continue Reading It’s only halftime, but local tourism is determined to win

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Colorado Springs hotels ought to kick in money to form a Tourism Marketing District, said one long-time hotel manager/owner who helped start the San Diego Tourism Marketing District five years ago. Bob Rauch, president of San Diego-based R.A. Rauch & Associates, Inc and a co-owner of Colorado Springs Quality Inn & Suites at Garden of… Continue Reading Local hotel owner floats idea of Tourism Marketing District

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Sixteen of the world’s best professional cycling teams will compete in the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, set for Aug. 20-26. The racing teams, comprised of UCI Pro, Pro Continental and Continental teams, will include some of the top competitors in the sport, including Cadel Evans and Levi Leipheimer. The race, second only to Tour… Continue Reading Sixteen cycling teams ready for USA Pro Cycling Challenge

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