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The elephants at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo are spending their days exploring their new multi-million home. A new elephant barn is part of the Encounter Africa exhibit, which is under construction now. Encounter Africa, when complete, will be home to the African elephants, African lions and black rhinos. All told it is a $13.5 million project,… Continue Reading Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Encounter Africa $13 million exhibit under construction

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Po Squaw Valley USA, the iconic Lake Tahoe-area resort that has been home to some of the country’s top downhill skiers, is joining operations with neighboring Alpine Meadows in a deal to be announced Tuesday. The merger comes as Tahoe resorts and business leaders are studying a bid for the Winter Olympics, perhaps for the… Continue Reading Colo-based investment firms merges ski resorts

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Colorado Springs hotel sales executives, general managers and event planners rate Colorado Springs high against Vail and Albuquerque, but said the city falls short when compared to Denver, especially in the area of night life. The group of about 50 hotel sales executives and event planners from the Hospitality, Sales, Marketing Association International local chapter… Continue Reading Colorado Springs has to sell its strengths, local hotel execs say

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The USA Pro Cycling Challenge will be back in Colorado in 2012 for seven days of cycling from Aug. 20-26.  Race organizers have already begun planning for the 2012 race, although host cities have not been announced. Cities interested in becoming a host city must apply through an official Request for Proposals process beginning next… Continue Reading Race is on to become USA Pro Cycling Challenge host city for next year’s event

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Phil Anschutz buying The Broadmoor

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Denver financier Phil Anschutz is buying the historic Broadmoor hotel. “That is huge for us,” said Allison Scott, Broadmoor spokeswoman. Broadmoor President and CEO Steve Bartolin will remain in place and no other changes are planned to the management or staff. Bartolin met with management and then all employees this morning to break the news.… Continue Reading Phil Anschutz buying The Broadmoor

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July was hot for tourism in Colorado Springs

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July was a hot month for tourism in Colorado Springs and for city coffers, which collected record-breaking amounts in lodging taxes. City officials reported in a monthly tax collection report that the hotel industry showed a large percentage increase – 22 percent — in July 2011 over last July. Overall, the combined sales and use… Continue Reading July was hot for tourism in Colorado Springs

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Colorado ski resorts are pumping in $50 million worth of improvements in preparation of the upcoming ski season. Colorado Ski Country USA resorts are investing in minor developments meant to improve guest experiences and major renovations, including new lifts and dining facilities. For example, Copper Mountain is replacing the High Point Lift in its West… Continue Reading Colorado ski resorts invest millions in improvements

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The telephone is ringing off the hook at the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau with callers in search of hotel rooms for this Labor Day weekend. “People are saying, ‘I need help finding a room,’ ” said Chelsy Murphy, CVB spokeswoman. “It’s fabulous.” On Thursday morning there were still some hotels reporting vacancies, but… Continue Reading Labor Day weekend set to cap ‘great’ summer tourism season

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Labor Day traffic expected to drop

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The number of travelers in the Mountain Region this Labor Day holiday weekend is expected to drop more than 2 percent over a year ago. AAA says about 2.4 million travelers are expected to hit the road in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. The region includes Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah… Continue Reading Labor Day traffic expected to drop

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Florissant Fossil Beds to build visitor center

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is getting its long-awaited visitor center – a 4,400 square-foot facility expected to open in 2013 and be powered almost entirely by solar power. The National Park Service announced plans this week for a visitor education, research and museum facility, which will replace the old building currently serving as the… Continue Reading Florissant Fossil Beds to build visitor center

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