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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Spending on travel and tourism dropped during the first quarter of the year, increasing 2 percent from a high of 4.9 percent during the fourth quarter of 2014, according o reprots from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. In addition, the nation’s gross domestic product also decreased .7 percent in the first quarter of 2015. […]
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Michele Hefner has spent half her life working at the Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings. Now the general manager, Hefner, 39, ruminated recently with the Business Journal about her 20 years working at the popular tourist attraction west of Colorado Springs. How did you arrive at becoming manager of the attraction? Going to college, I got […]
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David Leinweber’s formula is simple: Create an umbrella organization to amplify the voice of the local outdoor recreation industry; use that collective voice to grow the number of outdoor recreation enthusiasts; and create more jobs in the industry while planting seeds for future economic development. Leinweber is the owner of Westside fishing retailer Angler’s Covey, […]
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Colorado Springs is one of seven communities to host this year’s Ride The Rockies Tour, scheduled June 9-15. About 2,000 riders are expected to participate in the statewide bike ride, which begins June 9 in Telluride and ends June 15 in Colorado Springs at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. This is the third time in the 28-year […]
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Business is starting to pick up again for the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Dave Donatto, traffic manager for the cog predicted a slow summer season for the train the week the Waldo Canyon wildfire burned more than 1,800 acres  north of the peak and 346 homes on the northwest side of Colorado Springs. The train […]
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The Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau named some of this year’s best tourism spots and events in Colorado Springs. The winners were announced this week at the CVB’s annual Tourism Industry Awards Celebration, where officials also launched the city’s new slogan “Live it Up!” and logo. Five industry awards were presented by Doug Price, […]
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The Southeast Colorado Regional Heritage Task Force has received a grant to help document the role of Bent’s New Fort in the Sand Creek Massacre. Bent’s New Fort was built in 1853 after the abandonment nearby of Bent’s Old Fort, which was a 19th-century trading post on the Santa Fe Trail. It became the staging […]
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Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series on the city’s Regional Tourism Act project application for state sales-tax funds. The next two installments will analyze the four projects, two at a time. By John Hazlehurst and Amy Gillentine Supporters and planners of the City for Champions proposal believe its four major projects […]
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  In a stunning and unanticipated victory for Mayor Steve Bach and his economic vitality team, the Colorado Economic Development Commission fully funded the city’s request for the City for Champions project. Bach’s team had requested tax increment funding in the approximate amount of $123 million, while a third-party analyst and the EDC staff had […]
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Tourism in Fremont County, and in much of the state, took an economic hit after the Iron Mountain Fire moved fast and furious in the Copper Gulch area after igniting on June 2, 2002.   The fire ultimately covered 4,439 acres in five days and left 106 structures in ashes. Less than a week later, […]
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Holiday Inn’s parent company is developing a new hotel chain aimed at travelers who want to work out and eat healthy on the road. U.K.-based InterContinental Hotels Group PLC said Tuesday it will launch a hotel brand called Even for health-conscious travelers. The hotels will have guest rooms with space to exercise and amenities such […]
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