In tandem with the Colorado Tourism Office’s focus on responsible tourism, the conference planning team for CTO’s annual Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference focused on several sustainable practices for the gathering, which attracted more than 460 attendees to downtown Grand Junction in October 2017. 

Silipint Cups: Every attendee received a colorful Governor’s Conference branded Silipint cup to carry and use for hot and cold beverages throughout the gathering. Everyone was encouraged to write their name on the cups so they didn’t get lost and very few were left behind.

Fill-Your-Own Welcome Bag: Rather than pre-stuffing welcome bags full of brochures and other goodies, attendees chose what they wanted to add to their Governor’s Conference-branded burlap bags. 

Recycling: All signage was made from recyclable Ultraboard, and bins for recycling were placed throughout the conference center. Also, name badge holders look the same each year because they are recycled in full support by sponsor AAA Colorado.

Presentations: All materials were uploaded to the website prior to the conference and no paper copies were provided. 

Education: At the session “How to Talk About Sustainability So Others Listen,” attendees learned about CTO’s partnership with Leave No Trace, how sustainability is incorporated into CTO’s new Colorado Field Guide, and how Colorado destinations are breaking new ground in this area.

The inaugural hot springs connection, a conference designed to build relationships, share ideas and promote thermal mineral water attractions in the U.S., was held in Glenwood Springs last November. The meeting resulted in steps to form a national geothermal trade association and develop a website representing hot springs resorts. The 2019 conference will be Nov. 4-8 in Palm Springs and Desert Springs, California.


The annual gathering is as popular as ever, bringing together people interested in science fiction and related genres.