Bob Kunkel

Position: What's Up Downtown


Tourism prospers from Denver to Main Ave.

If you missed last Wednesday’s What’s Up Downtown? column by Tim Walsworth, executive director of the Business Improvement District, please read it (currently posted on The Durango Herald website...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2016 | COLUMN: A Take on Tourism

Respect and appreciate the holiday traveler

Vacations begin in the friendly confines of our home. We imagine ourselves in a desirable destination while anticipation and excitement builds, knowing that vacations change people in so many...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2015 | COLUMN: A Take on Tourism

Region enjoying the small catch but missing the big boat

As the region’s tourism industry has developed over the decades, we have become comfortably successful but also highly dependent on a single type of visitor: the leisure traveler. These are...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2015 | COLUMN: A Take on Tourism

Tourism pays its own way in county, Durango

It’s election season, and we face many decisions about potential increases in taxes, fees and mill levies. All of these sources of revenue are tied to projects or services that we require, demand,...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2015 | COLUMN: A Take on Tourism

Dynamics of legalized pot make it unlikely fodder for tourism marketing

In 2012, Coloradoans voted 55 percent to 45 percent to legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana. From that day, we began the dubious process of trying to build a bridge and walk across...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2015 | COLUMN: A Take on Tourism

Guv taps biking to lead state’s tourism growth

Last week, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced a $100 million plan to make Colorado “the best state for biking”. What might that mean for our area? Several Durango tourism leaders attended the...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2015 | COLUMN: A Take on Tourism

Out-of-state plates only part of story

If you’re not familiar with our state’s tourism website, type in and congratulate yourself for living in one of the most beautiful and inspiring places on the planet. Our state is...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2015 | COLUMN: A Take on Tourism

Tourism in the aftermath of Gold King

The Gold King Mine spill will have lasting implications, but to what degree will they impact tourism, in what way and for how long? Simple answer: It’s too early to know, but we do have some...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2015 | COLUMN: A Take on Tourism

A little help learning tourism lingo

For as long as I can remember, the lodging industry has referred to selling rooms as putting “heads-in-beds”. Similarly, attractions like theaters, trains and ski areas have always strived to put...

DATE: June 30, 2015 | COLUMN: A Take on Tourism

A look at the summer tourism forecast

For those who depend on tourism, this is when the season kicks into high gear. The owner of a local recreational-vehicles business just told me he just enjoyed his last Sunday off until October,...

DATE: June 9, 2015 | COLUMN: A Take on Tourism

Don’t call them tourists anymore; they’re ‘explorers’ now

Sometimes to better understand customers, you have to see them as they see themselves. More and more, travelers have shed the stereotypical image of a “tourist” as something straight out of the...

DATE: April 27, 2015 | COLUMN: A Take on Tourism

When it comes to tourism, always keep Momma happy

Trends appear because change is a constant, and tourism has its share. What follows is a snippet of the most prevalent trends in vacation research, planning and booking. The number of people...

DATE: March 31, 2015 | COLUMN: A Take on Tourism

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