Visit Aurora President and CEO reflects on first year

  • Visit Aurora President and CEO reflects on first year

     
    POSTED May 8, 2018
     

Bruce Dalton celebrates one year as Visit Aurora’s President and CEO. Dalton has championed Aurora’s role in the local meetings and conventions market through fostering relationships with the newest property developments, meeting planners, and must-see visitor attractions.

“Since last April, we’ve made some significant changes in the right direction. To start, our team of four has grown to a team of 12 to support 60 hotel properties with more than 10,000 hotel rooms in Aurora and the surrounding Denver Metro,” said Dalton.

The visitor industry is an important economic engine for area businesses and residents. “In 2016 alone, more than $45 million in local tax revenue from direct tourism spending benefited the City of Aurora,” said Dalton.

Research shows that there is a significant return on investment made by marketing the destination through tourism. There is an opportunity and need for an enhanced competitive position and significant growth in visitor spending. Aurora should expect a dramatic expansion in efforts to drive demand and increase visibility to attract convention and leisure travelers. “Big things are happening in Aurora, and we can’t wait to reveal what’s next,” said Dalton.

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RMC, the largest privately owned destination management company in North America recently appointed a new General Manager, Christin Tubbs, who will now be directing RMC’s Aspen and Vail offices. 

 

Two new partners have joined the staff at the renowned Flagstaff House. Chris Royster, a past recipient of Zagat’s 30 Under 30 award and a 2016 Food Network Chopped Champion, has stepped into the role of executive chef and is now also a partner. Royster joins Adam Monett (nephew of owner Scott Monette and third-generation Flagstaff House family member) who will fill the role of Flagstaff's general manager. Monett will manage front-of-house responsibilities and operations and is also now a partner in the Boulder-based business.  

 

Hotel Indigo Denver, located downtown in the Union Station neighborhood, has recently appointed Scott Paradine as general manager. With 19 years of hospitality experience, Paradine entered the industry as a valet parking attendant. He spent five years as an operational manager nine years in sales and marketing at various venues, which he entered while working as an assistant front office manager for a 900-room venue in Washington, D.C.