Manitou Springs City Council has rejected a citizens’ petition to force reconsideration of the city’s 50-year tax incentive agreement with the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Mayor Ken Jaray, however, is seeking to address some of the concerns about the agreement expressed at a July 18 town hall meeting at the Briarhurst Manor, hosted by The […]
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For years, beach towns across the United States have capitalized on the gay tourism industry. But what is the most LGBTQ-friendly mountain city to visit? Could it be Colorado Springs — once perceived as one of the least gay-friendly cities in the nation? “The Springs has definitely become more inclusive over the years,” said Nic […]
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Business owners in Manitou Springs are pleased at the prospect of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway reopening. But it will be more than two years before that could happen, and potential roadblocks could derail a final decision to rebuild the railway. One hurdle was cleared Tuesday, June 12, when Manitou Springs City Councilors voted unanimously […]
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Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Pikes Peak Bulletin, a publication of Colorado Publishing House, which publishes the Colorado Springs Business Journal. By Jack Elder Gary Pierson, CEO of The Broadmoor and Sea Island LLC, appeared at Tuesday’s Manitou City Council meeting and gave a very positive assessment of the Pikes Peak Cog […]
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A movement to boost the Lodging and Automobile Rental Tax is gaining momentum in Colorado Springs, but there is no indication yet whether a tax increase will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. “We have been talking about it for a while,” said City Councilor Jill Gaebler, who serves as an ex officio member of […]
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Beginning Saturday, May 26, two 14-passenger vans from Adventures Out West will begin to ferry visitors from the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site through Garden of the Gods. A few days later, a city-run shuttle service will start taking visitors up the Pikes Peak Highway to the summit of the mountain. The services might be […]
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Occupancy at Colorado Springs-area hotels is already high, and the area is seeing increases in room rates, good signs that portend a strong tourist season. “We’re seeing positive numbers compared to other Colorado markets,” said Raquel Ortiz, assistant director of financial performance for STR Consulting and Analytics, a firm that serves the hospitality industry with […]
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The last time Gray Line of Colorado Springs ran tours up the Pikes Peak Highway was in 2008. In the wake of the closure of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Gray Line is preparing to hit the road again. “We’re ready to start daily sightseeing tours on April 14,” President Chuck Murphy Jr. said. The […]
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The tourism industry in the Pikes Peak region enjoyed a record-setting year in 2016 — and this year might be even better.
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, on shaky financial footing two decades ago, is now a thriving nonprofit organization that is breaking attendance records almost every year. A marketing campaign targeted potential customers in the Denver and Pueblo areas, and that’s paid off, said zoo CEO Bob Chastain. “The real market that is growing is Denver,” Chastain said. […]
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Hundreds of Colorado Springs city officials, local leaders and advocates converged downtown last week to witness a groundbreaking for the 60,000-square-foot, $75 million U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame. The crowd gathered June 9 at the intersection of South Sierra Madre Street and Vermijo Avenue to celebrate the kickoff of construction of the museum, […]
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A few years ago when then-Mayor Steve Bach revived the long-deferred Pikes Peak Summit House Project, preliminary estimates of project costs were between $15-20 million. That figure has ballooned to $47.5 million, leaving a $10 million funding gap. But help might be on the way. “The Broadmoor is very excited about the prospects of a […]
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