While Colorado is famous for its world-class skiing, the western U.S. state wants travel agents to know that it’s definitely a year-round travel destination.
On hand to get that message out, were representatives from Colorado Tourism, Denver, Colorado Springs, Aspen, Estes Park and Snowmass, who offered those attending an overview of what’s up and coming in Colorado.
Topping the list is the brand new U.S Olympic & Paralympic Museum that’s opening in Colorado Springs at the end of May. The museum is four storeys tall and is the most accessible museum in the world. “The museum’s design has been recognized by the Smithsonian, The New York Times and Architectural Digest,” said Floy Kennedy, Director of Travel Industry Sales at Visit Colorado Springs.
“We are a year-round destination. Skiing actually didn’t come to Aspen until the 1940s,” said Melissa Wisenbaker of Aspen Chamber Resort Association. Wisenbaker told her audience that the “secret seasons” of Colorado are actually summer and autumn – in fact, 75% of visitation happens in the spring, summer and fall.
Popular activities include hiking, mountain biking, white water rafting and camping. With numerous national parks such as the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, there is plenty to experience and explore. “The Black Canyon is the least visited park, so you can feel like you have it all to yourself,” said Andrea Blankenship, Director of International Tourism at Colorado Tourism Office.
Representatives from Air Canada were also on hand at the event, making sure that those attending were aware that the carrier offers service from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver to Colorado.
All smiles and a warm welcome from the Colorado contingent that hosted the event in Toronto.