Colorado Tourism Roadmap coming to Vail during October |

Colorado Tourism Roadmap coming to Vail during October

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DENVER — The Colorado Tourism Office is scheduling eight listening sessions in cities, mountain towns and the plains in mid-October to hear input on proposed priorities for inclusion in a statewide strategic plan for Colorado tourism.

A listening session is set for Vail on Oct. 13 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Grand View Room atop the Lionshead Village parking structure. Anyone with a stake in the future of Colorado tourism, including community leaders and elected officials, is invited to participate in the 90-minute facilitated discussions. Please RSVP to by Oct. 11.

“This is a chance for Coloradans across the state to take part in identifying the top priorities for maximizing one of the most important industries in our state,” said Cathy Ritter, director of the Colorado Tourism Office. “We hope participants will bring their thoughts about challenges that need to be addressed as well as opportunities to drive even more long-term benefits, jobs and tax revenues for communities around our state.”

The listening sessions will be led by Mitch Nichols, president of Nichols Tourism Group of Bellingham, Washington, which has been engaged to lead development of the Colorado Tourism Roadmap. Nichols heads up a consulting team that also includes the Radcliffe Company of Spokane, Washington, and the National Laboratory of Tourism and e-Commerce, based at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Findings from the listening sessions will be used to develop goals, strategies and action steps for the plan, which is scheduled for a vote before the Colorado Tourism Board in January. Throughout the roadmap process, the CTO will be seeking public input through

The full schedule for the second round of input sessions includes:

• Oct. 11: Drake Centre in Fort Collins.

• Oct. 11: Metropolitan State University Denver Hospitality Center in Denver.

• Oct. 12: Hub City Senior Center in Limon.

• Oct. 12: Rawlings Library in Pueblo.

• Oct. 13: Salida SteamPlant in Salida.

• Oct. 13:The Grand View Room in Vail.

• Oct. 14: City Hall Auditorium in Grand Junction.

• Oct. 14: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Durango.

In 2015, Colorado set all-time records welcoming 77.7 million visitors to the state who spent $19.1 billion and generated $1.13 billion in tax revenue.

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