Colorado Springs saw record number of visitors in 2015, study finds

A stronger economy, efforts to improve air service and effective marketing combined to make 2015 a banner year for Pikes Peak region tourism, as a record number of visitors spent a record amount at hotels, restaurants and attractions, a study by a travel and tourism research firm show
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Inside the Chamber column: Understanding the power of travel promotion

As a citizen of Glenwood Springs or the surrounding area you may wonder how all those tourists could possibly benefit you. That is unless you own or work for a hospitality business, in which case you know too well the benefit of the visitor dollar versus the deficit of its absence. In
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Colorado breaks tourism record with 77.7 million visitors spending $19.1 billion

For the fifth year in a row, Colorado hosted a record number of tourists who have left a record amount of cash in their wake. The Colorado Tourism Office on Wednesday reported that 77.7 million visitors to the state in 2015 spent an all-time high of $19.1 billion, generating $1.13 bil
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Denver attracts record 16.4 million visitors in 2015

Visitors to Denver in 2015 came from farther away, stayed longer, spent more and showed up in greater numbers — 16.4 million, to be exact — than ever before, according to a study released Wednesday by Visit Denver, the area’s convention and visitors bureau. The number of people coming
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Record 16.4 million tourists spent $5 billion in Denver last year

Denver hosted 16.4 million overnight visitors, who spent $5 billion, in 2015. That’s 1 million more visitors than the previous year, and it set a new tourism record for the 10th year in a row. Since Denver voters approved a lodging tax increase in 2005 to fund increased tourism market
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The halo effect of tourism

It is a common myth that tourism marketing promotes only tourism. In a recent study of tourism campaigns in nine states, the research firm of Longwoods International demonstrated how each state’s tourism promotion campaign created a “halo effect,” lifting not only visitorship but driv
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Debunking myths about tourism

In my recent journeys around Colorado, I’ve been surprised at how poor information can take on a life of its own – and even gain traction as a widely accepted truth. That’s what we call a myth. And like the five below, myths get in the way of good decision-making. My
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Is the Price of Oil Affecting the Pagosa Springs Economy?

Recently I was part of a discussion group that was looking at the present and future impact of reduced oil prices on the economy of Southwest Colorado. In June of 2014, oil was priced at around $113 per barrel. Average oil production costs in the U.S. are $36 per barrel. (By contrast,
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Tourism tax examined

Tourism leaders point to Colorado, which lost an estimated $2.4B in visitation following tax defeat Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series regarding the 1 percent Tourism Community Enhancement District sales tax and the efforts underway to renew the tax in April. Local touri
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Colorado sees record 57.9 million visitors spend $10.76 billion in ’11

Colorado claimed 2.7 percent of the U.S. travel market in 2011 for the first time since state funding evaporated during the 1990s.The state’s market share continued its slow upward climb last year, rising 0.1 percentage point and hitting the level last seen in 1992, before the s
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