In recent days, we've been sharing details from what VISIT DENVER describes as the Mile High City's most successful tourism year ever; visitor spending in 2013 topped $4 billion for the first time. First up were tourists' ten favorite shopping and entertainment centers, followed by the 21 cities and ... 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 >>
The fourth annual Victorian Holiday Home Tour kicks off tomorrow, November 30, inviting visitors to get an intimate look at some of central Denver's oldest and grandest homes. A tradition that has fast become a local favorite, last year's event featuring local mansions saw more than 800 people thro ... More >>
Earlier this week, we posted about an Amendment 64 task-force recommendation to allow marijuana tourism. But while Christian Sederberg, a task-force member with whom we spoke about what some see as a one-year licensing monopoly for current medical marijuana centers, concedes that the proposal would ... More >>
When Colorado native son Ken Salazar became Barack Obama's Secretary of the Interior four years ago, it was widely expected that he would steer a more "balanced" course through the energy wars across the West, pulling back on the drill-baby-drill mantra of the Bush years. It hasn't worked out that w ... More >>
Travel guru Arthur Frommer predicts big 2013 tourism gains for six disparate destinations: Miami Beach, Dubai, India and Lima, Peru, plus Seattle and Denver. Why are the last two so hot? Pot, of course.
Aurora's tourism efforts got a big boost Friday, when the state's Economic Development Commission approved $81 million in Regional Tourism Act incentives for the hotel/resort/convention complex planned by Gaylord Entertainment Co. The project could open by 2016 -- which means Aurora has a few years ... More >>
Visit Denver has a new mobile app designed to lure vacationers to Mile High City hotspots through a series of "dares:" Complete a "Denver Dare" and you'll earn a Facebook badge. So what are these terrifying tasks, these death-defying deeds? Here's a hint: One of them involves the Celestial Seasoning ... More >>
The competition for state tourism incentives will remain as stiff as ever thanks to a veto this morning from Governor John Hickenlooper. Hick nixed a bill that would have allowed the Colorado Economic Development Commission to approve up to six new projects for sales-tax rebates. Six projects, inclu ... More >>
WTF, Fruita? The Western Slope town already has a festival devoted to Mike the Headless Chicken, so was it such a stretch to put out a WTF welcome mat? But before the debate was over -- how welcoming was it, really, to greet tourists with a hearty "what the fuck?" -- even Time online had picked up t ... More >>
Re-envisioning an entire geographic area is a surprisingly straightforward process. First, there are the facts: Grand County is the Colorado's 21st largest, has been around since 1874 and is home to quite a lot of water. Like many mountain areas, it share the same qualities its high-elevation peers ... More >>
Everyone gets screwed in Lower Highland. Organized by the Discovery Series committee of the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Group, today's Highland walking tour will feature the architects, developers and builders who are causing the strange changes in an older neighborhood being replace ... More >>
Bill Ritter.Patricia Calhoun's top 7 ways of improving Colorado tourism post mentions ex-guv Bill Ritter and a tourism official who suggested that Colorado is the "new Scotland" because of all the distilleries here. Said official responded in our comments section to defend this tag, but not t ... More >>
Bill Ritter.Best line at last night's twelfth annual Tourism Hall of Fame Dinner: "When you quit being governor, no one writes talking points for you." So said former Governor Bill Ritter, who was one of the inductees last night, along with Cleo Parker Robinson and Terry Sullivan, the retired ... More >>
Three Cheers for Aurora! In an effort to promote tourism in Aurora, officials have organized a new group called VisitAurora.com. While most people associate Aurora with cheap hookers, pawn shops and Republican fund-raisers, there are so many other ways to attract tourists to Aurora by marketi ... More >>
Governor Bill Ritter will celebrate Colorado Tourism Day this afternoon at the State Capitol, and there's real reason to celebrate: The embarrassingly awful, Joan Rivers-ish "Let's Talk Colorado" campaign has disappeared almost entirely, with just a few "Let's Talk Colorado with the Locals Wh ... More >>
Back again in our old "three Twits to follow" form for a special Holiday prep edition to get your burgeoning Twitter feed feeding you stuff you can use as the holiday season descends. As always, follow us at @denverwestword, @cafewestword, @westword_music and @casciato. @Colorado_Moms: If it ... More >>
The Colorado Department of Tourism will have some interesting spokespeople this winter -- namely, people who have never seen snow before. They're giving three finalists a three month, all expenses paid joy ride through the amusement park we call home. All the winners have to do is document their e ... More >>
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 >>
"Mexican Trucks Stampede to U.S.!" Web sites and radio shows are full of talk today about the Mexican truckers who will soon -- perhaps even today -- cross the border into Texas in a Bush-sanctioned trade deal. This talk describes the Mexican truck deal as the camel's nose under the tent for terrori ... More >>
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After a thirty-year open house, NORAD declares Cheyenne Mountain off-limits to tourists.