This week, hotel rooms in El Paso County are in high demand.
“It’s Speed Week. From the Air Strip Attack to the race on Sunday, it’s the busiest week of the year,” said Doug Price, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau. Price referred to the high-speed auto racing at the Colorado Springs Airport June 18-19 and to the 100th anniversary of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 26.
“This week, you can’t get a room,” he said.
The CVB leader said he expects this summer to surpass last summer in terms of hotel rooms rented.
According to the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association’s Rocky Mountain Lodging Report, lodging rooms in the Colorado Springs region reached occupancy levels of 72.2 percent. Year to date, 61.2 percent of rooms were occupied, compared with 57.2 percent of rooms year-to-date in 2015.
These figures do not include The Broadmoor or the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, both of which opted out of reporting their occupancy figures to the lodging group.
Typically, the Air Force Academy graduation takes place in May, giving the month’s numbers a boost. But this year, USAFA’s graduation was June 2, Price said the city’s numbers will be higher because of the overall effect of parents and family members coming to see the big event. “
The uptick in room occupancy might also stem from the increased flights at the Colorado Springs Airport by Frontier’s flights to Las Vegas. Beginning June 29, Frontier will begin daily service to Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix.
“We’re on a roll,” Price said. “And the forecast for the summer is stronger than last year. Things are very strong and pointing in the right direction.”