• 2022 Colorado Tourism Conference Brings Industry to Snowmass

     
    POSTED September 29, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Ryan Brady
  • 2022 Colorado Tourism Conference Brings Industry to Snowmass

     
    POSTED September 29, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Ryan Brady
  • 2022 Colorado Tourism Conference Brings Industry to Snowmass

     
    POSTED September 29, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Ryan Brady
  • 2022 Colorado Tourism Conference Brings Industry to Snowmass

     
    POSTED September 29, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Ryan Brady

Fort Collins announced as host destination for Sept. 27-29, 2023.

It was my eighth year serving on the on-site planning team at the Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference, and this year’s gathering at the Viewline Resort Snowmass on Sept. 21-23 was a great chance to learn, network, experience a destination, and see friends from the meetings and events industry. Even a young black bear that kept making appearances near the recently renovated hotel and conference center thought so!  

“There is not a single Colorado region or area that is not impacted by tourism, and the goal of this annual conference is to bring the most innovative ideas, concepts, and trends to the entire Colorado tourism industry,” says Tim Wolfe, director of the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO). 

Conference Overview

More than 430 travel and tourism industry representatives and elected officials gathered for the 2022 conference organized by CTO, a division of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade. The theme for 2022, “Together We Shine Brighter,” guided the three-day agenda that featured breakout sessions on various topics (including hospitality workforce, which I’ll be writing about for the winter issue of Colorado Meetings + Events), keynote addresses, association and committee meetings, an awards dinner, and opening reception at The Collective

The state of the industry general session by Wolfe and Angie Briggs, vice president of industry relations for the U.S. Travel Association, gave attendees insights from the state and national level, and two keynote presentations delivered inspiration. Best-selling author Andrew Davis shared the philosophy behind his “Cube of Creativity,” and Mallory Brown, an adventure traveler, filmmaker, and humanitarian spoke about “Shining Your Own Light—Your Journey to Becoming a Changemaker.”

Tourism Awards

Several individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the advancement and innovation of Colorado’s tourism industry were honored at the awards dinner on Sept. 22. 

  • Colorado Tourism Office Board Chairman’s Award—Richard Sharf, President & CEO, VISIT DENVER
  • Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative Award—Visit Alamosa, We Love Our National Park program
  • Governor’s Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Colorado Tourism—Ana Braverman, Owner, Viajes Holam
  • Governor’s Award for Rising Tourism Star—Alexea Veneracion, Director of Communications, Visit Colorado Springs
  • Governor’s Award for Outstanding Sustainability Initiative—Breckenridge Tourism Office, B Like Breckenridge program
  • Governor’s Award for Outstanding Marketing Program—Visit Grand Junction, Outdoor Adventure Series
  • Jack Snow Volunteer Award—Peggy Sorenson, Gold Camp Victorian Society, Gold Camp Association and Two Mile High Club in Cripple Creek

Congratulations to the award winners and to CTO and Snowmass Tourism for another terrific conference. 

Since Longmont's Can’d Aid was founded in 2013, more than 2 million cans of water have been distributed, over 9,600 skateboards and bikes and 4,000 art kits built for underserved youth, and more than 3,000 instruments donated. This has been accomplished with the help of volunteers nationwide and through relationships with community leaders, nonprofit organizations, volunteers, and corporate partners. 

Inspiring an Inclusive Park 

 

The Gate Expansion Program not only has delivered 39 new gates to Denver International Airport (DEN), there will be colorful new artwork. The expansion increases the airport’s capacity by 30%, making it easy for groups to access meeting and event destinations in the state. Outposts of favorite local restaurants also are being added throughout the facility.  

Public Art by Detour

 

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Here are four of Colorado’s best-known historic hotels from around the state that pull out all the stops to add sparkle and festive activities that delight groups and leisure guests.

The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, Denver