Vail Valley business briefs, Jan. 29 |

Vail Valley business briefs, Jan. 29

Daily Staff ReportNewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO, Colorado

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon, Colorado has rolled out a romantic February promotion, the Love to Lounge package, which comes complete with matching Westin Riverfront robes and a Kama Sutra Love Kit featuring massage oils and a feather tickler.Starting at $399 for two people for two nights, the package includes: Accommodations in a studio suite. Two plush Westin Riverfront robes to keep. A Kama Sutra Love Kit that includes massage oils, bath gel and honey dust with a feather tickler. Complimentary valet parking.For reservations, call 866-949-1616 or go to

On the heels of one of the most challenging ski seasons in recent memory, marketing travel professionals from around the United States and Canada are meeting for the 34th annual Mountain Travel Symposium in Keystone from March 29 April 4.The event includes a trade show for resorts, lodging properties, tour operators, and ski clubs as well as an educational forum that includes keynote speakers and 14 small group workshops. The Mountain Travel Symposium is the single largest gathering of mountain travel professionals in North America with an estimated attendance of 1,100 every year. Despite projections for a below-average season at most mountain destinations, attendance at the symposium is expected to be close to last years figures because it is the only single venue for mountain travel specialists to discuss, negotiate, and write business contracts for lift tickets, lodging, airline seats, rental cars, and ski rental equipment for next year. During three days of trade and group exchanges, participants meet in pre-scheduled appointments to discuss mutual business opportunities. The trade exchange is specifically for tour operators and the group exchange is designed for ski clubs and councils to determine pricing and activities for large group excursions. An estimated 30 percent of contracts for the following season are initiated at this event. Perhaps more than ever, Mountain Travel Symposium Week is a must-attend event this year, symposium partner Michael Pierson said. Literally millions of dollars in business is initiated or completed during this week and participants want to start locking down business for the 2009-10 season. For more information about Mountain Travel Symposium Week, go to

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