Rachel Brown

New strategic tourism plan focuses on economic recovery and sustainability

Visit Durango is starting the new year with a fresh perspective on tourism and a new plan of action. This month, the tourism office has released the 2021-2022 Destination Management & Marketing...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2021 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Why we should consider ourselves lucky this year

This November marked my one-year anniversary of having moved to Durango. Wow, what a year it’s been. When I had just about settled into my new home ... BAM! COVID-19 cascaded over the world and...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Why 2020 is the year to shop local this holiday season

The easiest way to give back this season, and help the Durango area through this difficult year, is to shop local. As our research shows, 62% of patrons to our shops and retail stores are...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Tourism’s economic impact sans extra visitors

2020 has not been the best year for tourism. With stay-at-home orders, quarantines and public officials urging citizens to stay-put, tourism numbers have plummeted across the globe. Durango has...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Why join Visit Durango’s Board of Directors?

Visit Durango is currently accepting applications for our Board of Directors from now through October 31, 2020. The Visit Durango Board of Directors is organized by sector to ensure all categories...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

The uncertain future of the events industry

Cycling races, association meetings, concerts and family reunions are just a few of the events that would normally be traveling to and from Durango or taking place in our region this year....

DATE: Aug. 22, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Global tourism impacts and creating the new normal

Last week, Visit Durango attended the Destinations International 2020 Annual Conference, the world’s largest conference for destination organizations and tourism boards.

DATE: July 25, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

What does responsible tourism mean to you?

It goes by many names: sustainable tourism, destination stewardship, eco-tourism, etc., but what once focused mostly protecting the environment has now expanded to include people, culture, business...

DATE: June 27, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

How Visit Durango plans to safely welcome back visitors

Every destination management and marketing organization across the globe, like Visit Durango, is in a pickle right now. The business community is urging DMMOs to invite visitors back and ramp up...

DATE: May 30, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Why Durango’s vital tourism economy will recover quickly

In a both timely and ironic fashion, National Travel and Tourism week begins this Monday, May 3. What is normally a celebration of the tourism industry and how it benefits society, will obviously...

DATE: May 2, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Six activities to beat the shelter-in-place blues

With all the chaos globally because of COVID-19, we are all being encouraged to distance from restaurants, bars, crowded places and even quarantine in your home, when necessary. This means enduring...

DATE: April 3, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Survey says: Tourism fuel’s Durango small-business community

In my role as executive director at Visit Durango, I hear mixed feedback about the tourism industry. Most people recognize its importance as a driver of economic impact, but there is always a small...

DATE: March 7, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

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