One thing about this job is that I’m always learning something new. I’ve used the term destination management company (DMC) hundreds times, found it a little hard to understand when new to the industry, and never considered its origins. During the IMEX America tradeshow in Las Vegas earlier this month, there was a press conference announcing the 40th anniversary of the concept of “destination management.” >>
Ever played six golf courses in three days? I had that unique opportunity last week while exploring Grand Junction, Palisade, Delta County and Montrose. There is a lot of great golf within this stretch of Colorado’s Western Slope, and two of the courses we played, Bridges Golf Course & Country Club in Montrose and Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction, have meeting and event space that is worthy of consideration, including great outdoor patios.
After the economy started taking a hit the last quarter of 2008, its seemed like much in the hotel industry was put on hold. I didn’t envy properties in their efforts to hunker down and weather the storm, trying to figure out how to handle rates and RFPs in this new paradigm. Over the past year or so, I’ve again been receiving a fair amount of news about hotel renovations and new construction in Colorado, so it feels like optimism is returning.
It seems like the topic of mentoring has come up a lot for me this year. Jane Chaney, who worked for the likes of Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, Disney and the Orlando CVB, who has taught me a lot about the tourism industry in our own state, is retiring in November. Barbara Mack, a professor who shared a wealth of knowledge about reporting, media law and the First Amendment and inspired countless journalists such as me at my alma mater, passed away suddenly last week. Both of these women have impacted my career in subtle and large ways. >>
Denver continues to blaze a trail on the meetings and events green scene, now with one of the first farms ever planted on the grounds of a convention center and certainly one of the largest. Basil and beans, peppers and parsnip, radishes and raspberries are just some of the 2,000 plants now growing at the Blue Bear Farm at the Colorado Convention Center (CCC). >>
After five year’s of southern hospitality in Kentucky, The International Catering Association (ICA) and Catersource Magazine are taking a mountain-sized leap by bringing their “The Art of Catering FOOD” event and conference to Denver. >>
I recently wrote up about pop-up bars, restaurants, art galleries and more. Here’s the latest news on this fun trend. Executive Chef Justin Fields’ passion for gastronomy, recent travels abroad and love for international cinema were the inspiration behind creating a pop-up restaurant series under the stars this summer at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. Held monthly on Saturday nights, June through September, the hotel’s plaza will be transformed into a dream destination at 5:30 p.m. Guests will be transported into an evening featuring a four-course menu with pairings from 6 p.m. >>