By Kathy Reak
The serenity of Colorado’s natural beauty, abundance of recreation and ample sunshine are just a few of the many reasons meeting and event planners choose the Centennial State. Lodging properties range from Five Star, Five Diamond, full-service luxury to secluded retreat centers. Whether it’s a convention center or completely unique offsite venue, the region can easily accommodate many different-sized meetings and events , as well as budgets.
Convention and visitor bureaus (CVBs) and other similar organizations (all known as destination marketing organizations or DMOs) are a meeting planner’s best bet to find a truly special location and destination experience. For example, the Colorado Springs CVB often partners with unique attractions such as the U.S. Olympic Training Center to offer an exciting location and behind-the-scenes look at the exceptional motivation the setting can provide attendees. Or experience the local Glen Eyrie Castle and Conference Center for a tour and a high tea or consider this unique property for a venue.
Gems such as the nearby Royal Gorge Bridge & Park in Cañon City cater to smaller gatherings and inspired group tours high above the glory of the Royal Gorge, while the brand new Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs adds another option for gatherings in Colorado that include indulging in amazing natural hot springs.
A taste of the true West is easily found at spots like dude ranches, stables and even the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame & Museum of the American Cowboy in Colorado Springs and National Western Stock Show in Denver. The beauty of the state is a draw with amazing views of Rocky Mountain National Park in Este Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park between Montrose and Gunnison, and Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.
Ways to Utilize Destination Experts
- Build the perfect team-building opportunities, anytime of year.
- Arrange special group pricing and discounts for activities and attractions.
- Provide insight on a true destination experience, whether mild or adventure-filled.
- Create memorable itineraries for spouses and families before, during and after the event.
- Help match groups with venues and lodging properties that fit size and budget.
CVBs/DMOs in any Colorado town are ideal partners to help research, plan and execute a smooth and unforgettable event. True turn-key and typically complimentary service is something every planner should take advantage of! From RFPs and promotional materials to interactive site visits, award-winning staff is there every step of the way.
Kathy joined the Colorado Springs CVB in 1998 and serves as director of convention sales. She handles meetings and conventions for religious and corporate markets as well as associations in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin and works with ConferenceDirect associates.