0 View Comments Record-setting attendance at the Space Symposium last month fueled a record-setting April for the Colorado Springs hotel industry with the occupancy rate rising to 74.5 percent, the highest occupancy for April since at least 1990, according to the Rocky Mountain Lodging Report. Last month's occupancy rate eclipsed the previous record for April of 73.4 percent set in 1996 and was up from 70.4 percent in April 2017, when attendance at the four-day conference at The Broadmoor surged to a record 14,000. The occupancy rate for local hotels has increased for six consecutive months after declining for five months in a row between June and October. The occupancy rate for the first four months of the year increased to 63.3 percent from 60.3 percent during the same period last year with both full-service and limited-service hotels posting gains. "The attendance at this year's symposium was a record and with that kind of demand hotels were able to maximize their rates," said … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs hotel industry sets records in April
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0 View Comments In its early days, Colorado Springs was touted as a premier health destination. One Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce marketing effort touted Colorado's clean air and "life-giving germ-destroying sunshine," and the Springs was nicknamed "The City of Sunshine." The Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau is returning to those roots with a new, medical tourism website, ChampionshipCareColoradoSprings.org, launched in partnership with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and Venue Health & Analytics. Colorado-based Venue Health, which provides "destination health and predictive analytic services," is managing the site's SEO marketing. Related: Penrose-St. Francis remains committed to new west Colorado Springs hospital Medical tourism is more associated with international travel, but domestic medical tourism is growing as well, said Venue Health CEO Bob Durham. "It's really started to take hold in the last five years," he said. San Diego and … [Read more...] about New website markets Colorado Springs as a health destination
0 View Comments The Colorado Springs hotel industry continued to thrive in March with the highest occupancy rate for that month since at least 1996, according to the Rocky Mountain Lodging Report. Last month's 68.8 percent occupancy rate for local hotels was up from 64.5 percent in March 2017 and was the highest occupancy rate for any March since the rate was 71.7 percent in 1996. The gain also was the most since occupancy improved from 65.8 percent in April 2016 to 70.4 percent in April 2017. The local occupancy rate has increased from the same month a year earlier for five consecutive months after declining for five consecutive months from June to October 2017. Occupancy in the first three months of the year is up to 59.5 percent from 56.9 percent a year ago. "We are absolutely off to a good start and the new flights Frontier started earlier this month (Atlanta, Minneapolis, San Antonio and Seattle) will help even more," said Doug Price, CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs hotel occupancy hits 22-year high in March
0 View Comments The Broadmoor hotel hopes to complete a study of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway within three months as it determines whether the now-shuttered attraction can or should be rebuilt. Broadmoor President and CEO Jack Damioli said he met Wednesday with "several" governmental agencies as part of the hotel's research on what to do with the railway. Participants in the meeting weren't identified, but the Manitou Springs mayor, and representatives of the city of Colorado Springs, El Paso County and The Convention and Visitors Bureau said they have met with the Broadmoor recently. More such meetings are likely, Damioli said. "I'm not going to get into the details, but we're talking with all the stakeholders on how we could potentially work together to make this work," Damioli said. "It's a very complex and expensive project. And so with that, we're trying to walk through all those things and make sure that we are communicating and that we're talking with our stakeholders." … [Read more...] about Broadmoor meets with Colorado Springs-area officials as it studies Cog Railway
0 View Gallery View Comments More hotels are on the horizon for the Pikes Peak region. In one of the Colorado Springs area’s biggest hotel development booms in decades, 20 projects with more than 2,200 rooms are opening in the next few months, under construction or on the drawing board with groundbreaking dates, according to a Gazette analysis of the proposals. The projects stretch from downtown Colorado Springs, to the city’s fast-growing north and northeast sides, to Cripple Creek and Teller County. Why so many? Local hotel developers, as well as several out-of-state investors and management companies, are finding a lot to like these days about Colorado Springs, industry experts say. The area’s hotel occupancy rate of nearly 70 percent in 2017 was the highest in two decades, even though it was unchanged from the previous year. When demand ramps up, hoteliers can boost room rates, which jumped last year by a little more than 7 percent on a year-over-year … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs in the midst of a hotel building boom. Is it too much?