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Colorado Supplement 0313
An advertiser supported supplement to
MPI’s Meeting Guide To
COLORADO
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Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center
The Steamboat Grand
C Lazy U Ranch
Fort Collins CVB
Sheraton Steamboat Resort
Sonnenalp Resort of Vail
Boulder CVB
Vail Valley Partnership
Visit Denver
Grand Junction Visitor
& Convention Bureau
Boulder
Sky Hotel
Denver
Vail
Breckenridge
Aspen
ADVERTISER
MAP
Grand Junction
Gateway Canyons
Colorado
Springs
Aspen Chamber
Resort Association
Embassy Suites
Denver Downtown
Destination Colorado
Vail Cascade
Resort & Spa
Pueblo
The Broadmoor
Telluride Tourism Board
Copper Mountain Resort
Colorado Springs CVB
Pueblo Convention Center
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MP I ’ S 2 0 1 3 M E E TING G UIDE TO
Colorado
Inside Front Cover - Page 1
Pages 12-17
Page 22
Visit Denver
The Buzz
Pueblo Convention Center
Page 14
Page 23
Pages 4-5
The Broadmoor
Page 6
Aspen Chamber Resort
Association
Page 7
Telluride Tourism Board
Page 8
Sheraton Steamboat Resort
Sky Hotel
Copper Mountain Resort
Page 15
Page 24
Fort Collins CVB
Destination Colorado
Page 15
Page 25
Grand Junction Visitor
& Convention Bureau
Beaver Run Resort &
Conference Center
Page 17
Page 26
C Lazy U Ranch
Page 9
The Steamboat Grand
Pages 18-20
Turning Up the Heat
Page 10
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa
Page 11
Vail Valley Partnership
Embassy Suites Denver
Downtown
Page 27
Sonnenalp Resort of Vail
Page 20
Page 28 - Inside Back Cover
Gateway Canyons
Colorado Springs CVB
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Boulder CVB
Editorial support from the staff of One+, with
design support from Sherry Gritch of SG2Designs
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2013
The Broadmoor
broadmoor.com
The Broadmoor Eyes The Future With $60 Million
Enhancements
Nestled at the gateway to the Rocky Mountains, the
Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond Broadmoor is once
again looking to the future by undertaking a $60 million
improvement and expansion plan that will enhance its
position as the most distinctive and innovative grand
resort in the country.
New in 2013: The Garden Room atrium of the
TAVERN restaurant reopens mid-February with a new
name, Le Jardin, featuring a European conservatory feel
highlighted by beautiful florals and plants. The TAVERN
also introduces a new, upscale steakhouse menu and
expanded wine program. In early April, the popular
GOLDEN BEE reopens with an expanded seating area,
a tented rooftop terrace and a new façade, reminiscent
of a 19th century London pub. PLAY at The Broadmoor
also opens early April. Located in Broadmoor West, this
casual new restaurant features six lanes of bowling, a
full bar and a game room designed to appeal to special
events and private group functions.
THE RANCH AT EMERALD VALLEY: An incredibly
unique destination located just eight miles west of The
Broadmoor, The Ranch opens late summer of 2013.
Perfect for executive retreats and board meetings, this
stunning locale borders more than 100,000 acres of
the Pike National Forest. It is an intimate all-inclusive
retreat offering the refined rustic luxury of a wilderness
enclave. The Ranch features 10 mountain-style cabins
with beautifully appointed rooms and wood-burning
fireplaces. Broadmoor chef-prepared meals are served in
the gracious Grand Lodge with expansive views from the
terrace. Fly fish in pristine mountain lakes, hike scenic
trails and explore the mountains on horseback.
Distinctive to THE RANCH AT EMERALD VALLEY is the
unparalleled guest access to the amenities at The Broadmoor, including the multiple swimming pools, a fitness
center, golf, shops, a spa and distinct dining possibilities.
For more on The Ranch, go to www.broadmoor.com/
ranch.
Over the next two years, The Broadmoor will continue to announce further news surrounding property
enhancements as it continues to bolster its reputation as
the premier location for meetings and events.
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MPI’S MEETING GUIDE TO COLORADO
Aspen Chamber Resort Association
aspenchamber.org/group-planner
Aspen’s name alone invokes images of stunning
mountain scenery, world-class arts and culture and
year-round outdoor adventure. With a diverse selection of meeting facilities, ranging from historical to
modern and affordable to luxurious, easy access
through the Aspen Airport (only three miles from
downtown Aspen) and a forecast of sunshine 300
days a year, Aspen is an incomparable destination for
meetings and special events.
Aspen’s shoulder seasons—spring and fall—are
abundant with deals, as hotels, venues and vendors
offer competitive rates and value-added amenities
and services. Once in Aspen, meeting planners and attendees are often surprised by the abundance of free
activities, attractions and services, which include free
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admission to the Aspen Art Museum and free guided
nature hikes with the Aspen Center for Environmental
Studies. Aspen is a music lover’s paradise with numerous free classical performances by the Aspen Music
Festival as well as national headliners brought in by
the Aspen Skiing Company to perform under the stars
in downtown Aspen. Year-round, Aspen’s downtown
is charming, pedestrian and bike-friendly and impeccably manicured. Meeting planners will find they can
save on the cost of rental cars and airport transportation by utilizing Aspen’s fleet of hybrid buses with free
transportation to every local destination.
Contact the Aspen Chamber Resort Association for
complimentary meeting and event planning services at
(866) 564-8623.
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Telluride Tourism Board
visittelluride.com
Majestic, 14,000-foot peaks surround this extraordinary destination that has become inspirational for
executive retreats, incentive programs, annual trade
gatherings and professional development experiences.
An icon in the ski industry, Telluride continues to
make its mark as a one-of-a-kind, year-round events
destination. With an inclusive, innovative approach
to public-private alliances, the Telluride Tourism Board
provides planners with genuine, one-stop shopping
for all the destination’s venues, accommodations and
a complete host of event suppliers.
In Telluride, the tourism board operates as an event
solution provider rather than simply an informational
conduit of the destination. Nestled in a box canyon
surrounded by the San Juan Mountains and overflowing with local character, the Victorian mining town
of Telluride is a National Historic Landmark District. A
short gondola ride away, which is the alpine way of
transportation, the European-style Mountain Village
is perched overlooking Telluride and glorious vistas
of the surrounding mountains. With the gondola,
there’s no need for additional around-town transportation here—guests are treated to refreshing walks to
explore local shops, galleries, restaurants and a host of
cultural experiences.
From unforgettable retreats and membership
events to powerful development collaborations, we
plan around your needs to exceed your expectations.
For more information contact Todd Gehrke CMM,
CTIE, director of group and conference solutions for
the Telluride Tourism Board, at (970) 369-2125 or
www.visittelluride.com.
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Sheraton Steamboat Resort
sheratonsteamboatresort.com
A refreshing guest experience awaits you at Sheraton
Steamboat Resort and Villas, where you’ll find a cozy,
contemporary lobby that inspires mixing and mingling and stylish guest accommodations. Each of our
408-square-foot guest rooms features the Sheraton
Sweet Sleeper Bed, a 32-inch flat-panel TV, a refrigerator, upscale bath amenities, high-speed Internet access
and a private balcony looking out to panoramic views
of the ski village or the Yampa Valley.
Visitors will enjoy the addition of a new promenade at the Steamboat base area. The promenade
will feature a year-round pedestrian walkway with
snow-melt pavers in the winter and the Burgess
Creek in the summer months. The promenade
has the attraction of a seasonal water element,
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incorporating a number of different experiences
ranging from shady seating areas to wide-open
expanses of lawn.
It’s hard to imagine a more inspired setting than
Steamboat Springs for your next meeting. The
beauty of our mountain surroundings has inspired
the design of our function space. Our spacious,
7,000-square-foot ballroom is ideal for larger business and social events. All of our meeting spaces
include a variety of rooms well-suited for intimate
to mid-size gatherings and are conveniently situated
in one area of the hotel. With the hotel perfectly
located at the base of the mountain, the fall colors in
Steamboat provide the perfect backdrop for memories in the making.
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Steamboat Grand
steamboatgrand.com
The Steamboat Grand blends the spirit of Steamboat’s western heritage with superior services and
the finest amenities, resulting in a getaway deep
in the Colorado Rocky Mountains ideally suited for
guests to explore, relax and reconnect.
“The Steamboat Grand epitomized the grand
hotel tradition,” said Michael Lomas, general manager/vice president. “Our unique guest experience
is created by combining friendly natural mountain
ambiance with the highest level of amenities and
guest services, reminiscent of the American grand
lodge spirit.”
The Steamboat Grand features 327 beautifully
appointed guest room accommodations, offering a variety of hotel rooms and condominiums,
award-winning dining, a full-service spa and fitness
center, an outdoor heated pool and two large whirlpool spas and extensive meeting and convention
facilities.
From skiing and snowboarding knee-deep in
Champagne Powder snow to golf and tennis surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Yampa
Valley, Steamboat offers a full range of year-round
activities.
And, so you don’t think you still have to take a
horse-drawn stagecoach to this mountain retreat,
Steamboat Springs has the closest major airport
of any ski resort in Colorado or Utah, providing
convenient connections from more than 230 airports
nationwide and worldwide.
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Vail Cascade Resort & Spa
findanewmeetingaltitude.com
Find a new altitude when planning your next group
event. Conveniently positioned at the base of Vail
Mountain, Vail Cascade offers an idyllic mountain
meeting experience within a uniquely inspiring destination. With 45,000 square feet of meeting space,
a 19,000-square-foot exhibit hall and two seasonal
garden pavilions, Vail Cascade is the area’s most
comprehensive conference facility. Nestled along
Gore Creek and surrounded by Colorado’s natural
beauty, attendees maximize their learning with a balance of work and play. Plus, the 78,000-square-foot
spa and athletic club is an all-encompassing base
camp for rejuvenating breaks or team-building sessions. With all of these resources at hand, combined
with the newest guest rooms in all of Vail thanks to a
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recent redesign, Vail Cascade is the ideal choice for a
one-of-a-kind meeting as unforgettable as its Rocky
Mountain locale.
Conveniently positioned at the
base of Vail Mountain, Vail Cascade
offers an idyllic mountain meeting
experience within a uniquely
inspiring destination.
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Vail Valley Partnership
visitvailvalley.com
The Vail Valley, home to Vail & Beaver Creek Resorts,
is the ideal mountain location to host your group or
meeting. Our mountain towns have something for
everyone, from small incentive trips to large corporate
groups to participatory sporting events. Let Vail Valley
Partnership, the Chamber & Tourism Bureau, help you
plan all aspects of your meeting.
Top Reasons to Book Your Event in the Vail Valley:
1. Special Events & Activities: When the snow
melts, the Vail Valley unfurls into the vibrant hues of
summer with wildflowers and sunny days. Activities
are endless and events are abundant. Events include
the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, the Vail International Dance Festival, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge
and Vail Restaurant Month just to name a few.
2. Unique Meeting Venues: Vail and Beaver Creek
are home to many lodging properties, from branded
properties to boutique lodges to condominium
hotels. The Vail Valley also has a variety of unique
meeting venues from on-mountain chalets to authentic western ranches.
3. “Rent a Village”: What is truly unique about hosting a meeting in the Vail Valley is the ability to “rent
a village.” Because smaller properties are intermixed
throughout our pedestrian villages, a large group
can stay at multiple properties closely situated to
one another.
4. Easy Access: Vail and Beaver Creek are located only
30 and 20 minutes, respectively, from the Vail/Eagle
County Regional Airport or a 2-hour drive from the
Denver International Airport, providing easy access.
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Think Inside the Rocks
Islandic wanted to rise above the noise at the annual SnowSports Industries
of America conference and create a one-of-a-kind event at which attendees
could get outdoors, experience the beauty that surrounds Denver, check out
not-yet-released products and enjoy live music.
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YOU’RE ALWAYS IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT VENUE.
You know, the one that has the perfect atmosphere,
sends the perfect message to your attendees and fits
perfectly within your budget. You log thousands
of miles previewing hotels, convention centers and
offsite entertainment venues, countless hours on the
phone lining up vendors and hundreds of emails
exchanged, all to pull off the perfect event.
If you’re a looking to organize a perfect event in
Denver, look beyond the great indoors: go outside
and utilize the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains
and the city’s extensive park system.
That’s exactly what Islandic, a Denver-based
winter sports equipment company, did for last
year’s SnowSports Industries of America (SIA)
trade show. Each year SIA attracts 30,000 winter
sports enthusiasts from all over the world, making
the show one of the largest and most important for
ski equipment and apparel vendors.
Islandic wanted to rise above the noise at SIA
and create a one-of-a-kind event at which attendees
could get outdoors, experience the beauty that surrounds Denver, check out not-yet-released products
and enjoy live music. In short, Islandic wanted
to create a community within the larger SIA
community.
For its event venue, Islandic chose the crown
jewel of the Denver park system, Red Rocks
Amphitheatre. Red Rocks is located in Morrison,
a suburb of Denver located 20 miles southwest of
the city. Red Rocks isn’t the area’s newest park
(it’s been around for an estimated 250 million
years) nor is it the most modern (if you’re looking
for plushy padded seats that provide stellar back
support, you’ll be disappointed) but it is perfect…
in many ways.
Red Rocks sits at an altitude of 6,450 feet above
sea level—approximately 1,200 feet higher than
Denver—and gives visitors a stunning 360-degree
view of the Great Plains, the Denver metro area and
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the Rocky Mountains. If you want to
sell winter sports as lifestyle, there’s no
better place to do it than Red Rocks.
The facility has a 30,000-square-foot
visitor center, which can be used for
indoor events, and a variety of other
unique spaces and outdoor plazas that
can also be used for smaller, more intimate gatherings.
But the real treasure of Red Rocks
is its 9,450-seat amphitheater. To get a
sense of what it’s like, picture yourself
sitting in the middle of a giant Frisbee with the stage
at the lower end
and two huge rock
formations, each
about the size of a
30-story building,
behind you. The
rock formations
behind the stage
and those behind
the audience create
the world’s only
natural acoustically perfect outdoor
theater.
It’s because of
this perfection that
bands such as the Beatles, U2 and
The Moody Blues chose the facility to
record live albums. And corporations
such as Microsoft, Google, Genentech
and Merck have hosted private events
and concerts at Red Rocks, because it’s
unique and offers an outdoor musical
experience that can’t be duplicated
anywhere.
Sam Warren, Islandic’s manager
of promotions, says that he came up
with the idea for the SIA/Islandic event
several years ago, but because the city
owns and manages the facility, he
had to get city officials on board. He
was repeatedly told that opening Red
Rocks to 9,450 people, four bands and
winter sports equipment vendors in the
dead of winter wasn’t going to happen
because of the potential liability.
Warren was determined to host an
event at Red Rocks and spent almost
two years selecting the partners that
Islandic wanted as part of the event.
His big coup was signing with AEG
Live, the world’s largest producer
of live entertainment, to manage the
event. The partnership with AEG
Live helped convince the city that the
impossible might be possible.
The result, Warren says, was a
microcosm of what the winter sporting lifestyle in
Colorado is all
about. Islandic’s
partners created a
vendor village on
Red Rocks’ plaza
level where they
displayed current
and future model
skis, poles and
snowboards, gave
away samples and
actively engaged
in face-to-face
discussions with
customers to hear
first hand about
changing consumer tastes.
But what really helped build the
sense of community was a 100-squarefoot fire pit erected in the middle of the
plaza. People from all over the world
gathered around, roasted marshmallows, had some drinks and shared their
love of winter sports.
And as if the party on the plaza
wasn’t enough, Islandic booked four
bands to perform for the attendees.
Even though the nighttime temperatures dipped to a chilly 22 degrees
Fahrenheit, a few adult beverages,
a large bonfire and several hours of
music kept everyone warm.
The rock formations
behind the stage
and those behind
the audience create the world’s only
natural acoustically
perfect outdoor
theater.
KEVIN WOO is a frequent One+
contributor based in California.
What are Colorado’s
strengths as a meeting
destination?
“Attendees
love
Colorado
Springs.
Planners
report a nice
bump in
attendance,
and events
held here set
the standard
for future meetings. The mild climate
takes many by surprise—people often
wear shorts in winter and light jackets
on summer evenings. We get little snow,
making Colorado Springs an excellent
year-round destination. Take advantage
of our city’s airport; meet in valuepriced, unique properties; and enjoy the
beautiful mountain scenery.”
—Pam Sherfesee, VP of sales, Colorado
Springs CVB
“Denver
meetings are
special
because of
the compact
location of
our meeting
assets.
Downtown
contains
8,400 hotel
rooms all within walking distance of
the Colorado Convention Center, which
is ranked as one of the country’s top
facilities. Great dining and downtown
attractions are also very close. Plus,
attendees are greeted at the center by a
40-foot-tall blue bear. On meeting
breaks there are clear views of the
gorgeous Rocky Mountains.”
—Rachel Benedick, VP of sales and
services, Visit Denver
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The Learning Lab
Marriott opened a new Springhill Suites hotel in downtown Denver this past August. The 150room property, which took more than five years and US$45 million to complete, will feature 7,500
square feet of meeting space and nearly 500 pieces of original artwork. Ordinarily, news of this
sort would earn barely a mention in the local paper. But this hotel is unique.
BY KEVIN WOO
It’s unique because it’s one of only 10 “teaching” hotels built
on a U.S. college campus—this SpringHill Suites property sits on
the campus of Metropolitan State University. Another unique
quality about the property is the way it’s staffed. Eighty percent of
its workforce is made up of students from Metro State’s School of
Hospitality, Tourism and Events (HTE). Working at the hotel is part
of the core curriculum for students majoring in HTE. The other 20
percent of the hotel’s employees are from Sage Hospitality, who also
serve as trainers and mentors for the Metro State HTE students.
The crown jewel of the property, for the students, is the
28,000-square-foot, super-high-tech Hospitality Learning Center,
which provides them with state-of-the-art classrooms and interactive labs. The students get hands-on F&B experience by working in
test kitchens where they learn food preparation and management
techniques. They’re also able to develop different menus and food
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themes and test-drive the ideas with hotel guests.
The learning center also has a sensory analysis lab where the
students learn the differences between various types of beer, wine
and spirits and how to manage inventory. After all, a decent-sized
wine, beer and spirits collection can represent more than a $250,000
investment for a property.
The lab is outfitted with specialized lighting that can be altered
to simulate different types of indoor settings. It’s also completely
soundproof, has its own HVAC system and the room is equipped
with special tables that light up, enabling the students to study the
“legs” of different types of wine.
Dr. Chad Gruhl is an associate professor at Metro State and was
the project manager for the hotel’s construction. He says that teaching students how to closely manage a hotel’s F&B operation makes
good business sense.
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“You need to know everything about the F&B business,”
he said. “For example, in a restaurant, there’s always a certain amount of employee theft. As the restaurant manager,
you have to let the employees know that you’re watching so
less is stolen. If they think you’re not watching, then stuff
will just constantly be walking out the door.”
Gruhl jokes that some students mistakenly think that
taking a class in wine cellar management will be easy. After
all, how hard can it be to sit in class and taste wine everyday?
They quickly realize, however, that the class has more to do
with chemistry, geography and the production of wine than
actual consumption.
However, not all the students’ time is spent learning how
to prepare meals and sipping wine. They also spend time
behind the scenes in the less glamorous side of the hotel
business by working with the housekeeping staff, where
they learn the proper way to change a bed and scrub a toilet.
While the students only spend a week cleaning rooms, Gruhl
says that week is important because the students have the
opportunity to learn, first-hand, one of the most important
aspects of hotel operations.
While it’s not mandatory to have a degree to work in
the hospitality industry, it’s advantageous if a student has
aspirations of climbing the corporate ladder, says Kara
Wolf, program director for hospitality leadership at Bradley
University.
“As hospitality companies become more global, they like
to recruit people that have gone to college [to study HTE]
because it shows a four-year commitment to learning the
different aspects of the industry,” Wolf said. “Turnover is a
very big issue in our business, so showing the commitment
to earn a degree shows that you have interest. But a degree
alone isn’t going to get you a job.
“In class, we not only discuss the theory and the big-picture types of things but we also try to do projects that can be
applied,” she continued. “There are also expectations that
students will find internships because we want you to come
back to class and say, ‘Oh I understand now’ when we’re
talking about human resource and labor laws (for example)
because you saw it in action.”
Another motivation for aspiring hospitality executives
to earn a degree in HTE is having the credentials to address
a growing concern among some industry watchers—succession planning. As baby boomers begin to reach retirement
age, it isn’t always clear who will take over the senior leadership positions within hospitality companies.
Visit www.mpioneplus.org to continue reading about
this innovative hospitality learning lab program.
KEVIN WOO is a frequent One+ contributor based in
California.
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Agenda
Upcoming Colorado Events That Matter
Colorado Among
States Building a
Humane Future
Industry caterer and facilities manager
ARAMARK has announced plans to
eliminate all pork from animals bred
using gestation crates for its U.S.
operations by 2017. Gestation crates
confine breeding pigs 24 hours a day
during their four-month pregnancy.
Many farmers, animal scientists,
consumers and companies in the food
service industry are working to phase
out gestation crates and provide more
humane breeding. Nine states have also
passed laws banning gestation crates,
including Colorado, Ohio and Michigan.
To meet its goal, ARAMARK has
asked its primary pork suppliers to
develop plans for reducing, and then
eliminating gestation crates. In addition,
it will begin immediately requiring
new pork suppliers to provide a plan
that addresses how they will phase
out gestation creates to meet these
important goals.
—Jessie States
Read more blog posts at
MPIWeb.org.
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Mountain Travel
Symposium
April 7-13
Snowmass
The Mountain Travel
Symposium (MTS) 2013 is
the single-largest gathering of mountain travel
professionals in North
America. This year’s MTS
is about a new spirit, new
look and new challenges.
MTS will provide face-toface business-to-business,
contacts and contracts,
intense trade and group
exchanges. MTS will
provide you fresh tracks
through the most dynamic
educational, interactive forum in its 37-year history.
INATS West
June 22-24
Denver
The International New
Age Trade Show (INATS)
West is the only trade
show of its kind for the
New Age/Metaphysical
Industry, with three days
of business and fun with
wholesale purchasing,
learning and networking.
At INATS, retailers have
access to a vast array of
products, including books,
aromatherapy, apparel,
candles, crystals, tarots
and much more.
Unconventional Resources
Technology Conference
August 12-14
Denver
The Unconventional
Resources Technology
Conference (URTeC) is to
provide a high-quality and
peer-reviewed science and
technology experience,
create a premier forum for
technical exchange between
vendors and users and identify and solve exploration
and production problems.
URTeC will also attempt to
help raise the competency
of petroleum professionals
and elevate the image of
petroleum professionals in
all communities.
RBMA Radiology Summit
May 19-22
Colorado Springs
Plan to attend the 2013
Radiology Business
Management Association
(RBMA) Radiology Summit and combine business
with pleasure. The schedule has been aligned to
give attendees ample time
to enjoy the surroundings.
The summit will provide
abundant opportunity to
attend and participate in
extraordinary sessions
and browse through a full
exhibit hall.
HydroVision International
July 23-26
Denver
HydroVision is the premier
event for hydro professionals to network, share
best practices and view
the most comprehensive
collection of product and
service providers in the
industry. The majority of
sessions are conducted
with panels of experts and
are organized to encourage
discussion, with the content designed specifically
to provide timely, specific
solutions to real challenges.
CHA Annual Meeting
September 11-13
Vail
The Colorado Hospital
Association (CHA) is
where Colorado hospital
leaders and staff gather to
learn, network and take
advantage of new healthcare products and services.
The CHA annual meeting
represents the perfect opportunity to join colleagues
and healthcare professionals statewide in experiencing a wide range of timely,
valuable presentations and
informative sessions.
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Mountain Chapter’s annual conference
I HAVE BEEN FASCINATED WITH EVENT
with her. I was hooked from that point on
PLANNING SINCE I WAS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL.
and paid for my own MPI membership
My mom was an active volunteer in numerthe following week. Luckily, I soon found
ous organizations, and I remember helping
a new job to go along with that new
her coordinate and stuff packets, mailing
membership.
invitations or delivering them on my bike
MPI offers great opportunities for edfor her and doing other miscellaneous tasks
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ence what happens in our industry.
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frustrated with the lack of career growth
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and educational opportunities that the
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company provided. So, on her recommendation, I took a day off from work and attended the MPI Rocky career have been great and rewarding experiences.
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Turning Up the Heat
The resurgence as a top meeting destination continues in Colorado,
which offers year-round activities coupled with great deals.
B Y R OW L A N D S T I T E L E R
THOUGH THE MOUNTAIN PASSES STILL HIT
THE SUB-ZERO WINTER TEMPERATURES
THEY HAVE FOR MILLENNIA ON END, Colorado is now experiencing something of
a state-wide, year-round heat wave in the
vibrancy of its meetings, conventions and
incentives industry.
“I think there is a new confidence in
the industry over the past year or so,” said
Lori Bennett, CMP, global project manager
for ConferenceDirect, based in Centennial,
near Denver. “And the industry in Colorado has been doing well lately because it is
such an attractive environment for groups,
with lots of good infrastructure, lots and
great experiences—and there is still luxury
to be a found at bargain prices for planners
who do their homework.”
Bennett is one of a compendium of veteran Colorado planners who all say their
business has bounced back in the past year,
in some cases to pre-recession levels.
“I think Colorado is really well-positioned to be the leading edge of a meetings
industry growth surge because it has lots of
great meeting spaces; it’s in the forefront of
the green meetings movement with lots of
LEED-certified facilities ranging from the
Colorado Convention Center to hotels and
conference centers all over the state; and it
offers unique and compelling experiences
as a place to visit,” said Jan Detweiler, president of Global Meetings Resource, based
in Englewood.
Debbie Taylor, president of Denver-based
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Fort Collins. “With this big an airport (with
53 million passengers served in 2012), the
airport is a natural for fly-in corporate
meetings from throughout the nation, and
the world for that matter.”
The convention center area downtown
has been replete with hotel and groupfriendly venue openings that began with
the opening of the $350 million Four Seasons Hotel Denver in 2010 and will conDenver
The Mile-High City had 423,500 con- tinue through the ribbon-cutting of a 130vention and meeting visitors in 2012, mak- room hotel at the city’s historic downtown
ing it the second-best convention/meeting Union Station in 2014, and a 230-room
year in the city’s history. Local planners attri- luxury hotel in Denver’s historic Colorado
bute this to national and local economies National Bank Building, also in 2014.
Major, group-friendly venues opening
that are improving, and the fact that Denver
has a strong convention infrastructure, with in the convention district recently included
a 1,100-room Hyatt Regency convention the Clyfford Still Museum in 2011, plus the
hotel across the street from the Colorado History Colorado Center and the Western
Convention Center, which has 2.2 million Museum of Art—both opened in 2012.
Another major group-attractive entity
square feet of meeting and exhibit space.
The convention center is in the 14th Street that opened in Denver in 2012 is the Mile
district downtown, in which $1.5 billion in Into the Wild walkway at Denver’s Wild
development has been competed since 2002. Animal Sanctuary, which, at 720 acres, is
The convention center is within walking dis- the largest carnivore sanctuary in the Westtance of 8,400 hotel rooms, and the district ern Hemisphere.
Another nice piece of the group-friendly
will be linked to Denver International Airequation in Denver is the B-cycle bike-sharport by a light rail system by 2016.
Denver International, which is the fifth- ing program, started in 2010 and expanded
busiest U.S. airport and the 10th-busiest in in 2012 to include 600 Trek bicycles availthe world, is developing a 500-room, onsite able at 75 stations around the city.
Westin, to open in 2015.
“This is going to have a huge impact,” Aspen
said Susan Brooks Casey, CMP, CMM, The historic Hotel Jerome reopened in
president of SKB Event Management of December after an extensive renovation
Taylor Made Events, says her business was
as strong in 2012 as it was four years ago,
and she thinks the broad variety of new
venue openings and upgrades across Colorado is evidence the state’s tourism industry
is on the rise.
Here’s a look at what’s happening now
in destinations across the state.
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and upgrade. The Hotel Jerome includes a
new Auberge Spa and a new restaurant.
The trendy Sky Hotel in Aspen began a
renovation in the spring of 2012 and will
complete the second phase of it this year.
For small groups seeking great scenery
in a getaway locale, Opa’s Taylor Hut, an
850-square-foot lodging at a 12,000-foot
altitude, 1.5 miles from the Taylor Pass
Summit near Aspen, recently opened as part
of the Alfred A. Braun Hut System around
Aspen. The three-bedroom hut rents for a
flat fee of $200 per night.
The Aspen Art Museum began construction of its new, 30,000-square-foot Shigeru
Ban-designed building in 2012. Opening of
the new building is scheduled for next year.
Elk Camp Restaurant, a $13 million,
scenic venue near the Snowmass Ski Gondola, opened in November. The restaurant
was built to LEED certification standards,
can handle groups up to 300 and offers
an outdoor dining area with sun exposure. Also in 2012, the Westin Snowmass
reopened after a $55 million redo.
Boulder
Boulder, about 50 miles west of downtown Denver and home of the University of
Colorado, is booming with tours, including
food tours, bicycle tours, guided walking
tours in historic areas and the most popular tours of all—beer tours of the city’s
14 microbreweries. A recent addition to
the beer tours is the Boulder Brew Bus, a
former school bus converted to look like
a mountain shack with wheels on it, with
entertainment touches like banjo music for
the tour participants.
Boulder’s B-Cycle bike-sharing system,
similar to the system in Denver, expanded
in 2012, and now offers 22 bike stations.
B-cycle is popular with groups in search of a
pleasant outing and a good “green” activity.
New to the area are three restaurants,
Bramble and Hare, Pasto Vino and Beehive,
plus a new microbrewery, West Flanders
Brewing Co. Opening this summer in the
Gunbarrel District in northwest Boulder
will be a new, 100-room Hampton Inn,
with a boardroom and conference center
for small groups.
Colorado Springs
Colorado’s second-largest city, about an
hour’s drive south of Denver and near one
of America’s most famous summits—Pike’s
Peak—is loaded with new group experiences for 2013. This summer Colorado
Springs’ Cheyenne Mountain Zoo opens
a new, $13.5 million exhibit, Encounter
Africa, featuring an amphitheater where
guests can see elephant training, enrichment
and husbandry. Also new is an exhibit for
the critically endangered black rhinoceros,
featuring a mud wallow and a new exhibit
area for African lions.
Participatory adventures await groups
who visit the newly opened Adventure
Out West Zipline course, with five zip lines
ranging from 225- to 650-feet-long, offering two hours of opportunities to soar over
the edges of cliffs in the Front Range of the
Rockies with impunity. Also open for stimulating outdoor adventure is the Manitou
Springs Incline, a former narrow-gauge rail
route that ascends 2,000 feet in less than
a mile. The incline officially opened for
public hiking in February. Also now open
for serious exercise enthusiasts is the Pike’s
Peak Highway, which now allows bike riders to ride up the roadway to the 14,115foot summit. Until recently, the route was
only open to bike riders who wanted to be
taken to the top by a van and then descend
on their bikes.
In Colorado Springs lodging news, the
venerable and historic Broadmoor Hotel,
one of the state’s most popular conference
properties for generations, is undergoing a
$60 million renovation, to be completed
in 2014, and the New Mining Exchange,
a Wyndham Grand Hotel set in a historic
building, opened in 2012 downtown with
117 upscale guest rooms and 9,000 square
feet of meeting space.
Estes Park
Surrounded on three sides by mountains
and adjacent to Rocky Mountain National
Park about 70 miles northwest of Denver,
Estes Park has a strong following for both
winter and summer events, including “ataltitude” training for runners and other
outdoor sports enthusiasts. A local entity,
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Active at Altitude, has rolled out a group of
outdoor training workshops and seminars
at Estes Park for the spring and summer
of 2013. Another group activity purveyor,
the Rocky Mountain Nature Association,
is offering several outdoor experiences for
groups this summer in the region, including white-water rafting and classes on
“Thirteen Creatures You’ve Never Seen”
and “Secret Places in Rocky Mountain
National Park.”
Two hotels in town, the historic Stanley
Hotel and the Aspen Lodge, have recently
completed renovations, and in November, a
new restaurant opened—Picnic in the Park,
which offers gourmet sandwiches packed in
reusable baskets and backpacks, designed
for the great outdoors.
Vail
The world-famous ski resort community
celebrated its 50th anniversary and the
start of the 2012-13 ski season with the
opening of a new gondola in Vail City.
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Named simply “One,” the same name as
Vail’s original gondola, it holds 10 passengers in a climate-controlled cabin that
offers heated, cushioned seats and free
Wi-Fi. The new gondola is the fastest of its
type in the world, with a 1,200-foot-perminute lift.
Telluride
Grand Junction
The nearby town of Palisade added three
new wineries in 2012—Colterris Wines,
Hermosa Vineyards and Gubbini Winery—
bringing the total number of wineries in
the area to 21, further enhancing the group
wine touring activities in the Grand Junction area, which also include bicycle tours.
Bicycle tours for groups have long been
popular in the massive wilderness park at
the Colorado National Monument. Newly
added for groups is standup paddle boarding on local lakes.
Several group-friendly hotels completed
upgrades in 2012, including a $2 million renovation of the Doubletree hotel,
with new technology systems in its executive boardroom, and the addition of a
1,500-square-foot meeting room at the
SpringHill Suites.
This popular southwestern Colorado ski
resort town recently added two new group
venues, Arroyo Telluride, a new fine art
gallery and wine bar on main street in Telluride, for groups of up to 75; and Bon
Vivant, featuring French country cuisine
and a wine bar, perched atop the Telluride
ski mountain, with fantastic views from a
big, umbrella-covered deck.
New group activities offered in Telluride include the sport of flat-tire bike riding, which makes mountain-bike riding on
back-country snow trails a fun adventure
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Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau
bouldercoloradousa.com/meetings-groups
Urban appeal meets natural beauty in Boulder. As
a hub for tech startups and a center for national
research, Boulder’s ambitious, entrepreneurial spirit
creates an energizing backdrop for successful meetings. And the gorgeous Rocky Mountain views and
blue Colorado skies add inspiration that will have your
attendees grinning from the moment they arrive.
Another smile-inducing reason to meet in Boulder?
A sizzling culinary scene has earned Boulder the title
of America’s Foodiest Town by Bon Appétit magazine.
That translates to incredible meals, dozens of stunning
restaurant venues, patios with mountain breezes and
plenty of group-friendly options—from laidback brewpubs to award-winning restaurants fit for VIPs.
With a large variety of hotels, sports venues,
university facilities and other creative spaces, there’s
a place for every type of meeting, large or small. And
room blocks range from cozy mountain lodges to
upscale downtown hotels.
Attendees will be lured by the appeal of shopping
or sipping cappuccinos in historic downtown on Pearl
Street, joining locals on wildflower-carpeted hiking
trails, biking along Boulder Creek or exploring some
of the West’s best arts and culture at galleries and
museums.
We’re here to help! The Boulder Convention &
Visitors Bureau offers free conference and meeting
services to make your meeting or event a complete
success.
Call (303) 442-2911 for information or watch a
video at BoulderColoradoUSA.com/meetingsgroups.
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Pueblo Convention Center
puebloconventioncenter.com
The Pueblo Convention Center and adjacent Pueblo
Marriott are located in the heart of Historic Downtown
Pueblo, one block west of Interstate 25 at exit 98B.
Featuring 29,000 square feet of meeting space and
163 hotel rooms, we are the ideal destination for your
next meeting, conference, convention, trade show or
banquet.
The thriving community of Pueblo sits at the crossroads of Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 50, making it
conveniently accessible by automobile or plane via the
Colorado Springs Airport or Pueblo Memorial Airport.
The Colorado Springs Airport features 60 departures
daily and is only a 35-minute drive from Pueblo.
New business developments and a rejuvenated
historic downtown district provide guests of the
city with a one-of-a-kind dining and shopping
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experience. The Marriott and Pueblo Convention
Center border the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk Project, which is perfect for an evening stroll or a narrated excursion boat ride telling the story of Pueblo’s
historic past. For a true Pueblo experience, navigate
your way through the Walk of Valor, which features
the stories and memorials of some of America’s most
brave and courageous individuals and their connection to the city.
Pueblo has a very favorable climate. Summer temperatures range from the upper 80s to the mid 90s and
winter snow melts quickly, providing the unique opportunity for golf one day and skiing at nearby mountain
resorts the next.
Choose Pueblo…you’re gonna love it! Visit www.
puebloconventioncenter.com for more details.
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Copper Mountain Resort
coppermeetings.com
Step into Copper Mountain, Colorado
Copper Mountain offers an authentic Rocky Mountain
experience in a European-style ski-in/ski-out village with
spectacular 360-degree views. More than 68,000 square
feet of meeting space and state-of-the art media create
an ideal setting for your next event.
Meeting halls and breakout rooms are all within a
short stroll from village shops, cafes, restaurants and
entertainment, as well as from guest accommodations.
The intimate scale creates the ideal setting for socializing, networking and team building between scheduled
events.
More than likely, members of your team have stayed
in so many hotels that the rooms have all blurred
together. For the cost of a resort hotel room, meeting
attendees at Copper enjoy condominium suites that
include spacious living areas, private balconies, full kitchens, dining rooms and secure underground parking.
Complimentary access to the Copper Athletic Club and
Spa is included.
Copper’s pedestrian village, located at the base of
the mountain, is accented by a wide array of recreational activities and team-building opportunities. With ski
lifts just a few steps from the village center, it’s easy for
teams to get out and play, to develop deeper relationships with people from across the hall or around the
globe. These lifts will whisk your team to some of the
greatest skiing in North America. In summer, they take
hikers and mountain bikers to trailheads for spectacular
alpine experiences.
Call (866) 236-4386, extension 30520 or visit
www.coppermeetings.com for more information.
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Destination Colorado
destinationcolorado.com
Whether winter or summer, spring or fall, Colorado
is a perfect meeting destination, combining natural
beauty with first-class accommodations, state-of-the-art
meeting space, numerous team-building and outdoor
activities and convenient access. Destination Colorado
is a statewide association of more than 120 meeting
venues and meeting services located throughout the
entire state and representing hotels, resorts, conference
centers, destination management companies, bureaus,
transportation companies and more.
By visiting our website at www.destination
colorado.com, planners can search for locations and
types of venues and learn all about what Colorado
has to offer. There is a resource section on the site
that includes information on airports, weather and
climate and a photo gallery. The site includes an
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interactive map, as well as a section on Hot Dates
and Rates. There is also a great video on the home
page that takes you through several different destinations within the state, allowing you to see all of
our varied and unique meeting options.
Destination Colorado provides the only comprehensive site on meeting options throughout the
entire state, from mountain resorts to dude ranches,
from Denver hotels to historic communities such as
Aspen, Crested Butte and Durango. Visit the site to
explore, research and link to any of our members
individually. You can also submit an RFP or informational request online, selecting any venue type or
geographic location of interest.
Make Colorado a “must see” on your list of
meeting options in 2012. You’ll be glad you did.
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Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center
beaverrun.com
Breckenridge, Colorado’s most complete event facility!
Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center provides
knowledgeable event coordinators who know that
professional group arrangements begin with personable
and detailed service. From professional audiovisual production to spa treatments, raft expeditions to receptions,
Beaver Run Resort can customize every stage of your
conference.
Beaver Run Resort will put you within walking
distance of everything in Breckenridge including our
ski-in/ski-out location at the Breckenridge Ski Area and
the nearby Jack Nicklaus-designed Breckenridge Golf
Club. Lodging options range from traditional hotel
rooms to studios to one- to four-bedroom suites with
full kitchens, fireplaces and balconies. The Base Nine Bar
provides contemporary elegance for cocktail receptions
and the Spa at Beaver Run offers state-of-the-art treatment facilities, relaxing soaking tubs and a quiet retreat
for your senses. Additional onsite amenities include two
pools, seven hot tubs, a fitness center, a concierge, a
business center, restaurants, bars and a complimentary
in-town shuttle.
Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center boasts
the largest conference facility under one roof in historic
Breckenridge, Colorado. We offer 40,000 square feet
of recently renovated meeting space featuring three
ballrooms, 23 breakout rooms and two boardrooms.
Our flagship event space is the Imperial Ballroom, where
floor-to-ceiling windows reveal nothing but Rocky
Mountain majesty.
For more information, call (800) 288-1282, email
[email protected] or visit www.BeaverRun.com.
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Embassy Suites Denver Downtown
denverdowntown.embassysuites.com
The new Embassy Suites Denver Downtown Convention Center is not only beautiful and perfectly located, it
was recently certified by the U.S. Green Building Council
(USGBC) as a LEED Silver hotel—the only hotel in the city
of Denver to have earned this prestigious certification.
Meeting planners can take advantage of 25,000 square
feet of flexible meeting space and also create a green, sustainable program. Many practices are already in place that
incorporate sustainable efforts to reduce waste, conserve
energy and provide attendees with a healthier and safer
meeting environment.
The hotel’s meeting space is kept clean by environmentally friendly cleaning products and includes easy
access to recycling and shared water stations. The multiple
ballrooms and breakouts are flooded with natural light
from 14-inch windows, conserving energy, and provide
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spectacular city views.
“Earning our place as a partner in the Denver community has been a priority for us,” said Robert Kisabeth, general manager of the hotel. “This LEED Silver certification
shows our commitment to being a responsible steward of
Denver’s resources.”
Guests can participate in recycling, water and energy
conservation in their two-room suites designed with wall
coverings and fabrics that are low in volatile organic compounds. They’ll enjoy complimentary breakfast and a twohour manager’s reception each day knowing that waste is
recycled or composted to reduce the carbon footprint. A
sustainable stay really resonates with guests, as travelers’
reviews on www.tripadvisor.com have ranked this hotel
as the No. 1 hotel in Denver.
Give us a call at (303) 592-1000 for more information.
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Sonnenalp Resort of Vail
sonnenalpmeetings.com
Let the Sonnenalp Hotel treat your guests to the
very best of the Colorado Rocky Mountains with
“Gemütlichkeit” - the warmest European hospitality.
Family owned and operated, Sonnenalp Hotel has a
longstanding reputation for unparalleled service and
commitment to sustainable operations. As a top-rated
hotel by Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and
Sustainable Travel International, as well as a member
of the Leading Hotels of the World, Sonnenalp Hotel
sets the standard for luxurious accommodations and
world-class amenities. Located in Vail Village on Gore
Creek, Sonnenalp Resort offers an extensive business center, more than 4,500 square feet of meeting
space and secure onsite parking to accommodate
groups from five to 200.
Of the 127 guest rooms, 115 are guest suites.
With names such as Lodgepole, Blue Spruce
or Castle Peak, each suite is as uniquely alpine as
the surrounding mountain peaks and trees they’re
named after. Well-appointed suites include handmade Bavarian furniture, gas fireplaces and oversized
bathrooms with heated marble floors. Or choose
to dine in one of the four onsite restaurants, enjoy
spa treatments in the 10,000-square-foot Sonnenalp Spa with an indoor/outdoor heated pool
or play a round of golf at the Sonnenalp Golf Club
located in Edwards. With its convenient village location, Vail Mountain, outdoor adventure and shopping are right at your doorstep.
For details or available meeting packages, contact
Patricia McNamara at (800) 654-8312 or visit www.
sonnenalpmeetings.com.
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Colorado Springs CVB
visitcos.com/meet
Home to the U.S. Olympic Committee
and U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
Springs is the ideal location for
exceptional performance, creating
a higher ground for attendees to
refresh, discover and network.
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An Elevated Meeting Experience
Planning your meeting can be challenging—picking a great destination, finding the right venue and
deciding on offsite activities can all be overwhelming.
Choose Colorado Springs as your meeting location and
enlist the help of the award-winning staff of the Colorado Springs CVB to ease the planning process. This
vibrant city sits perfectly nestled at the base of Pikes
Peak - America’s Mountain. Easy to get to, full of life,
culture and activities, the area is an effortless choice.
Home to the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Air
Force Academy, Colorado Springs is the ideal location
for exceptional performance, creating a higher ground
for attendees to refresh, discover and network. The
inspiring views of Garden of the Gods Park and a 6,035foot elevation might also have something to do with it.
Recreation and group activities are as easily found
as the annual days of sunshine. Horseback riding, zip
lining or hiking at Red Rocks Canyon are opportunities
to connect with the prominent beauty of the area. Experience unique team-building activities such as racing
around the track with the Bob Bondurant School of
High Performance Driving at Pikes Peak International
Raceway or challenge the team with the Battle of the
Bighorn rafting obstacle course. Itinerary building is a
cakewalk with more than 55 attractions and activities.
As you’re seeking the perfect property for overnight stays, breakout sessions or offsite receptions,
the region has exclusive options. Lodging ranges from
popular brands such as Hilton, Marriott and Crowne
Plaza to truly Colorado choices like the Mining
Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel, The Broadmoor
and Cheyenne Mountain Resort. With nearly 14,000
guest rooms, the area can certainly accommodate.
Gems such as the U.S. Olympic Training Center,
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and AAA Sky Sox
Baseball Club showcase some of the 400,000+ square
feet of flexible meeting space.
Not only is the destination an economical choice,
but the staff of the Colorado Springs CVB offers
complimentary services. Whether it’s customized site
visits, team-building ideas or distributing RFPs, they
are here for you. Start planning your next event in
this unrivaled mountain metropolis. Learn more at
VisitCOS.com/Meet.
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