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Colorado July 2012

Ride 'em
ProRodeo comes to Breckenridge on weekends in August.

Colorado Springs
The 117-room Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel, has opened 57 of its rooms in what was once the local stock exchange. A $30 million renovation continues at the adjacent Independence and Freeman-Telegraph buildings, which will provide 60 more rooms. When all areas are finished, the property will have 10,000 square feet of meeting space; a spa will open by the end of this summer.

The Colorado Springs U.S. Olympic Training Center now offers more than 20 meeting rooms totalling 18,433 square feet. The largest space is the 4,114-square-foot West Wing Conference Center.

Cheyenne Mountain Resort has partnered with the Bob Bondurant School of High Per­formance Driving to offer high-speed team-building activities at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

The BroadmoorA two-year, $60 million renovation is under way at the 744-room Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 21 guest rooms in the Southlake building already have been redone, as has the 6,300-square-foot Cheyenne Lodge conference space. More work is slated to finish in April 2013, including the rebuilding of the Tavern's Garden Room; an expansion of the Golden Bee pub; and the addition of an activity center in Broadmoor West, with bowling lanes, billiards and food outlets. A third phase should be completed in April 2014, with the redesign of the West Lobby Bar, the addition of a new Italian restaurant and the expansion of the 154 rooms and baths in Broadmoor West. The resort offers three golf courses and 185,000 square feet of meeting space.

Meeting Hotels
The top meeting properties in town include the 744-room The Broadmoor, 500-room Crowne Plaza Hotel Colo­rado Springs, 316-room Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 309-room Colorado Springs Marriott, 299-room Doubletree Hotel Colorado Springs-World Arena, 292-room Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs, 207-room Embassy Suites Colorado Springs and 87-room Garden of the Gods Club. For a more complete list of area hotels, visit mcvenues.com.

Airport Transit
Colorado Springs Airport, about 11 miles southeast of the downtown district. Transfer cost by taxi, approximately $20 to $25. Many area hotels offer airport shuttle service.

Room tax, 2%; sales tax, 7.4%; total tax on hotel rooms, 9.4%

Group Venues
Head off-site to the Colorado Mountain Brewery for tours, beer education and pairing seminars. A new flavor is revealed every Tuesday at 5 p.m., with a brewmaster on hand to talk about the process. On tap in June were 7258 Blonde Ale, Panther India Pale Ale, Monumental Stout, Ole 59er Amber Ale and the hilariously named UniBrau Hefeweissen. A full range of Western pub fare, including a bison Reuben sandwich, accompanies the pints. (719) 434-5750

CVB Services
Colorado Springs Convention and Vis­itors Bureau, (800) 888-4748

While Gaylord Entertainment, which had proposed building a 1,500-room hotel in Aurora, Colo., outside Denver, had received approval from the Colorado Economic Development Commission for $81.4 million in tourism-related tax incentives, the company has put the project on hold following the announcement that the Gaylord brand name has been sold to Marriott International. The project, announced in June 2011, called for an $800 million resort and convention hotel. In a statement, Gaylord said of the project, "The company will no longer view large-scale development as a means of growth and will not proceed with the Colorado project in the form previously anticipated."

Renovations to the lobby and meeting space at the 189-room Hotel Monaco Denver, a Kimpton hotel, have been completed. The boutique property has 3,660 square feet of meeting space.

The city's Union Station is being redesigned to include a new 130-room hotel, affiliated with Sage Hospitality's 80-room Oxford Hotel across the street. The two properties will share the Oxford's 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

Scheduled to open later this year is a new 230-room luxury boutique hotel carved from the landmark 1915 Colorado National Bank building.

Meeting Hotels
More than 8,300 rooms are within walking distance of the Colorado Con­vention Center in downtown Denver. Properties include the 1,225-room Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1,100-room Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, 615-room Denver Marriott City Center, 512-room Grand Hyatt Denver, 403-room Embassy Suites-Downtown Convention Center, 239-room Four Seasons Hotel Denver and 202-room Ritz-Carlton, Denver.

For a more complete list of properties, visit mcvenues.com.

Convention Center
Colorado Convention Center; exhibit space, 584,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 63; (303) 228-8000

Airport Transit
Denver International Airport, about 24 miles northeast of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $54.50 to downtown and $60.50 to the Denver Tech Center; by Super Shuttle, $21

Room tax, 7.5%; sales tax, 7.35%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.85%

Group Venue
The $113 million History Colorado Center, the new home for exhibits from the Colorado Historical Society, was unveiled in April. Five function rooms are available, including the Mountain View room, which holds up to 300 people for a reception; the 4,353-square-foot Auditorium, and the glass-walled Martin Family Foundation Room. (303) 866-4597

Visit Denver, The Convention & Vis­itors Bureau, (303) 892-1112