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Winter athletes and ski executives from Colorado are in Washington to talk about climate change. Coloradans including Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler are scheduled to lobby Wednesday for carbon regulation. Earlier this month, President Barack Obama scrubbed a clean-air regulation that aimed to reduce health-threatening smog. The athletes are part of a group called “Protect Our […]
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After 20 years at the helm, Terry Sullivan, CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, will retire at the end of this year. Everyone knows that. What’s not so well known is how the bureau will replace him, including how far from the region it’ll range to find the best possible candidate. It […]
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More Americans are planning to travel this summer, but a majority of them say they won’t pay more than $500 for a domestic airline ticket. The only exception would be if the trip was for a funeral, medical needs or a wedding. But $500 per ticket is the “tipping point,” for their typical family summer […]
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The tourism industry stands to gain attention and traction from the U.S. Export Council’s plan to double exports over the next five years — at least the U.S. Travel Association thinks so. President Obama has appointed two members of the Travel Association’s board of directors, Glenn Tilton, CEO of United Airlines, and Bob Iger, CEO […]
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Each year, the Colorado Tourism Office solicits requests for proposal from advertising agencies around the state. This year being no exception, the CTO on Jan. 10 opened the bidding for four marketing-related contracts: Advertising/overall brand direction; Public relations/social media; Digital directives/digital advertising; and Publication of the state visitors vacation guide. What’s new is that the […]
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The Waldo Canyon fire has forced 10 of Colorado Springs most popular attractions to close today - bad news for the local tourism industry.
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The tourism industry packed a punch in Colorado Springs in 2011. More than 5.5 million visitors to the Springs and El Paso County spent $1.2 billion. Visitors came to such events as the U.S. Women’s Open, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Because of tourism, 11,000 people in the […]
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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 […]
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Hotel occupancy in Colorado Springs, year-to-date, is up more than 4 percent compared to the same time last year. But there’s no need to uncork the champagne just yet. Occupancy is up because room rates are flat or down. Lowering room rates became necessary during the recession to attract visitors in a faltering industry. But […]
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The travel industry is cruising into economic recovery, creating jobs 16 percent faster than other sectors, the U.S. Travel Association reports. The Bureau of Labor Statistics October report shows unemployment at 7.9 percent and that the economy added 171,000 jobs last month. Of those jobs added, 6,000 were travel jobs. David Huether, senior vice president […]
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Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been named to the list of the toughest motor races in the world. Jalopnik.com, a top motor sports website, puts the Hill Climb at No. 7. The site said the race, which is 12.42 miles of 156 turns, always was tough. And then the road got paved, the site […]
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Colorado Springs cleanup crews had cleared much of the debris strewn along Cheyenne Canyon Road by Wednesday, when the city invited nearly a dozen reporters and photographers for a press tour of the washed-out paths, cracked roads and eroded landscapes of North Cheyenne Canon Park. “Our public works department has been working diligently to stabilize […]
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