2007 was a good year for the Vail Valley Partnership
This week, the Vail Valley Partnership presented its a yearly recap at the annual meeting, which was then followed by the organizations holiday mixer – both generously hosted at the Beaver Creek Chophouse. The Partnership thanks all those who attended and enjoyed toasting the New Year with you while also honoring 2007s achievements.For those of you not able to attend the meeting, consider the following a Cliff Notes version of the top 2007 endeavors. I am confident you will come to the conclusion that 2007 was a busy year for the Partnership and a year of firsts.Partners and events 117 new businesses joined the Partnership. New committees formed: Business, Marketing and Lodging. The first ever Vail Valley Business Forum featured industry leaders in natural energy, economics, real estate and politics – all whom wowed audience members with their keen perspectives. Another new event, Success in 60 Seconds (a speed networking event), won accolades and will be offered quarterly in 2008 155 members welcomed the revival of the Blue Jeans Lobster Networking Party at the Beaver Creek Chophouse.Print and Web take over While in New York City for a media tour, the Partnership met with editors, publishers and reporters from magazines including Business Week, Fortune Small Business, Aspen Peak, Gotham, Hamptons, Los Angles Confidential, Boston Commons, Capitol File and Vegas. The Partnerships official visitors guide was re-branded with an updated look and feel and renamed Vail Valley 365 the Official Visitors Guide. More than 65,000 copies were distributed at Colorado visitor centers and other local and regional distribution points. Another Partnership publication, the Vail Valley Wedding Guide, received an updated image. Eight thousand copies are on schedule to be distributed at local & regional distribution points. The Partnership also launched four new Web sites:VisitVailValley.com, a re-designed destination-oriented site that offers new opportunities for partner exposure including business searches, featured partner listings, video and banner advertising. VailValleyPartnership.com, a new business-to-business site designed to be the ultimate business resource for the Vail Valley. WeddingsinVail.com, a re-designed Web site that serves as the companion to the printed Vail Valley Wedding Guide, and GolfVailValley.com, a portal to highlight the Vail Valley as a world-class golf destination.Numbers that speak $1.9 million in group sales bookings, a 9 percent increase from 2006. $2.4 million on the books for future bookings, an 8 percent increase from 2006 . http://www.visitvailvalley.com received more than 9,600 unique visitors per month and more than 115,000 unique visitors for the year. http://www.vailonsale.com site received an average of 14,250 visitors per month with 171,000 unique visitors for the year . The Partnership contributed to booking more than $100,000 worth of rooms in October for the Vail Valley Soccer Clubs annual tournament.The above reflects only a sampling of 2007 Partnership achievements. Every day, the Partnership works knowing that none of the above could be achieved without you our business partners, community partners, strategic sponsors, media partners and the support and leadership from its board of governors. The Partnership thanks you for this years worth of wins.Specific to this weeks annual meeting and mixer, we would like to thank our event sponsors including the Beaver Creek Chophouse, Coors and the Vail Daily. Although this week we took a moment to look back, in doing so, we are also looking ahead to make 2008 even more successful to assure next years annual meeting is even more impressive. Take it from me, numbers speak.Glenn Davis of Alpine Bank is a member of the Vail Valley Partnerships Board of Governors.