Tax revenue for hotel rooms and car rentals is up 15.6 percent; hotel occupancy rates are up 7 percent and passenger numbers at the Colorado Springs airport jumped 43 percent last year. The statistics point to one thing: Tourism is on the rise in Colorado Springs, mirroring the rest of...
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...
This month the U.S. Travel Association is asking Americans to plan their vacation days for the rest of the year as part of a national observance — and some Colorado Springs businesses have already marked their calendars. U.S. Travel’s initiative called Project: Time Off will host National Plan for Vacation...
Is Colorado Springs ready to join the dozens of American cities that have resurrected streetcars? It’s more likely than ever before. The city and the Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Foundation are working together to acquire two miles of railway right-of-way along North Nevada Avenue from the Burlington, Northern and...
The summit of Pikes Peak as viewed from Colorado Springs appears to be a steep and rocky ridge with a defined high point. But the millions who have reached the summit know that it’s a high-altitude plateau, less a mountaintop than a staging ground for inventive businesses, delightful scams...
After a banner year for the tourism industry in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region, Mayor John Suthers confirmed Nov. 3 at the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau’s annual tourism dinner that Frontier Airlines will add more routes at Colorado Springs’ airport in 2017. Suther’s said the airport’s Commercial...
The tourism industry needs more promotional funding, a master plan and more local education about the economic benefits of tourist activity in the region. Those are the findings from a community assessment commissioned by the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau that included more than 100 respondents from the industry,...
It looks like there won't be an increase to the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax in 2017. During a meeting with business professionals discussing Colorado Springs’ strengths and weaknesses in the tourism industry, Doug Price, CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the city will not include­ the initiative...
  A video crew from the destination marketing organization Brand USA captured recreation on Pikes Peak and near Garden of the Gods Aug. 25 to attract more international outdoor enthusiasts to the area. In partnership with the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau and Colorado Tourism Office, Brand USA filmed horseback...
As the warmer months roll in and families venture out on vacation, local organizations hope Colorado Springs will be a top destination choice — and so far, the numbers look promising. With recent kudos, including Trip Advisor awarding Pikes Peak with its 2016 Certificate of Excellence and Colorado Springs ranking...
  (Editor's Note: This article originally identified Friends of Cheyenne Cañon as the group pursing legal action to block the land exchange. It's now been corrected.) By Amy Gillentine Sweet and John Hazlehurst Some groups opposing the land swap with The Broadmoor aren’t waiting for Colorado Springs City Council to decide the fate of...
When multiple bombers attacked Brussels this week, few were prepared for the damage, the carnage or the panic. In November, concerted, well-planned attacks left hundreds dead and still more wounded on the streets of Paris, shutting down the city for days. In the aftermath of both attacks, people were confused,...