One way to make Valentine's Day happier is if you have someone to kiss. But what's the best place to smooch? We mean "place" as in "place to go." Get your minds out of the gutter (until later, that is). Well, our friends at the Colorado Tourism Office have compiled a list of the most romantic plac ... More >>
Despite obvious interest across the country, Colorado's big tourism boosters are still shying away from any reference to recreational marijuana: On Colorado.com, the Colorado Tourism Office's otherwise expansive site, and Coloradoski.com, Colorado Ski Country USA's site, searching for "marijuana" ne ... More >>
Here in Colorado, it's in our nature to fight for the state we love -- and to get quite cranky when we see something that we don't think does this state justice. For the past year, Colorado chief marketing officer Aaron Kennedy has led an-all Colorado crew on what's billed as the most ambitious bra ... More >>
The rumblings of a boycott started even before Governor John Hickenlooper signed three gun-control measures ten days ago, and they're only going to get louder with President Barack Obama coming to Colorado on Wednesday to tout this state's new laws as an example for the rest of the country. "I'm boy ... More >>
Yesterday, the governor-appointed task force charged with making recommendations about the implementation of Amendment 64 determined that marijuana tourism -- letting out-of-staters purchase pot -- should be allowed. But the members also believe restrictions should be put in place to prevent smurfin ... More >>
Has Colorado's official tourism effort gone to pot? A new video posted on YouTube suggests that, and it only makes sense: After all, not only did the state's voters approve Amendment 64, which makes recreational pot use legal in Colorado, but the state tourism office just hosted meetings on agritour ... More >>
A week ago, the state's tourism office announced that 2011 had been a record-breaking year. And 2012 will break all kinds of records, too -- but not the ones boosters like to shatter. Most disappointing ski season. Rafting industry drying up. And the rest of the summer tourism season going up in smo ... More >>
What does it look like when a bunch of mascots converge on the Capitol steps? Kinda goofy. That's what happened at today's Discover Colorado Rally, a yearly meetup that could be summed up in two words: "Yay, tourism!" Grown-ups dressed as sharks and bears listened as officials rattled off statistics ... More >>
Let's go West, young man! The town backed by newspaper publisher Horace Greeley -- the man who may, or may not, have proclaimed "Go West, young man!" -- is all grown up. Grown up enough to introduce a new branding campaign for its downtown with a colorful, clownish logo and the unironic slogan "Let ... More >>
The first thing Amy Smith has to explain to skeptics is that she isn't a Scientologist. You don't have to belong to an oddball religion to question American medicine's heavy reliance on psychoactive drugs to treat everything from mild depression to schizophrenia. In fact, members of a growing consu ... More >>
Colorado tourism got an injection of life with its smart new "Come to Life" campaign. And while it had looked like the Colorado Tourism Office's budget might be headed for life-support, it just got an injection of of new/old money.
This week a series of nine "Come to Life" television spots promoting Colorado tourism began airing in target markets across the country, with an emphasis on outdoor summer adventure. To get that vibe just right, the Colorado Tourism Office brought in a team including Denver-based ad agency Karsh/Hag ... More >>
When the Broncos announced that Peyton Manning had signed a five-year, $96 million contract, the Colorado Tourism Office sent out a note asking if any local businesses were featuring deals or packages with a Manning connection that the state could market. While Denver Applebee's and Lodo's Bar and ... More >>
Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about New Mexico's $2.5 million effort to rebrand the state "as a place of charm and character, adventure, excitement -- and really good green chili cheeseburgers." It seems that the Land of Enchantment isn't perceived as very enchanting; focus ... More >>
John Hickenlooper.As the USA Pro Cycling Challenge proved, Coloradans love their bicycling races. Governor John Hickenlooper hopes to tap into that passion and bring attention to an often neglected part of the state with "Pedal the Plains," which his office announced today. The three-day race ... More >>
Breck Bike Week just got underway yesterday, but already the town's cycling community is looking forward to Fall: In just 46 days the USA Pro Cycling Challenge (August 22-28) will be off to the races, bringing many of the world's top cyclists to Colorado. Breck is hosting Stage 5 of the eve ... More >>
Leaders of the Colorado tourism Industry gathered on the steps of the Capitol yesterday for a Discover Colorado Rally and celebration of the first official Colorado Tourism Day. They were surrounded by some of the state's best marketing mascots (and a mysterious pirate): the Blue Bear, Miles ... More >>
Colorado has awarded its new tourism contract -- and surprise, surprise, a Colorado company has the key role in a deal that's now been split between several companies: Karsh/Hagan, founded in 1977, when John Denver tunes were enough to attract tourists.
HIckenlooper.The inauguration ceremony was cold, but Governor John Hickenlooper is off to a blazing start. Hickenlooper issued three executive orders in the first few minutes of officially holding office, taking aim at economic development and improving the efficiency of state government.
Some breaking news for you in our Denver blogs daily post. Traffic in both directions on Interstate 70 has been closed at the Eisenhower Tunnel due a spill of an estimated 1,000 pounds of a liquid blasting agent. Look out below!
Let's talk major mountains! The Colorado Tourism Office is currently running ads for its godawful "Let's Talk Colorado" campaign on the page six section of the New York Post website -- an address well-known for featuring shots of busty celebrities. Last week, the buy resulted in the perfect juxtapo ... More >>
A few months ago, in order to assist the Colorado Tourism Office with its woefully embarrassing state marketing campaigns, we asked readers, “What Does Colorado Taste Like to You?” Looks like one of those readers was none other than that empress of evoo Rachael Ray, and she responded with an on- ... More >>
The latest from the Colorado Tourism Office leaves us speechless.
This missive about Balls! recently arrived from a Denver native and frequent bold name: I read your column about Denver. Granted the tourism office's efforts are an easy target, but boy, you are starting to sound like Gene Amole! Although a hipper, more in-tune Gene Amole, but just as cranky. ... More >>
Can we talk? The Colorado Tourism Office still has some work to do. A few minutes ago, Fox News offered a distinctly unfair view of Colorado skiing. Specifically, that all Colorado ski areas are now closed, which was too bad, said the distinctly blonde anchor (who last week mispronounced "groin"), ... More >>
What does Colorado taste like to you? Concrete? Or a big plate of Rocky Mountain oysters, dusted in daisies?
Bad enough that Colorado actually paid money for an awful, out-of-date tourism campaign that sounds like an old Joan Rivers shtick: Let's Talk Colorado. But can we talk about what that campaign's sending out to would-be tourists? Today an e-mail newsletter arrived from the Colorado Tourism Office, ... More >>
Where There's Smoke
When visiting Colorado, tourists are advised to shop around.
It's a family affair
Colorado's ready for that close-up.
It's the Colorado hillbillies!
Bill Owens will be on TV plenty this month, but not as a candidate.