Tourism and leisure

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

Planning Commission allows hot springs to stay open until 10 p.m.

Durango Hot Springs will be allowed to remain open until 10 p.m. after the La Plata County Planning Commission modified a condition of approval that would have required the new owner of the...

DATE: June 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory gears up for summer and COVID-19

After losing a month of the ski season because of health orders issued to slow the spread of COVID-19, Purgatory Resort reopens today for summer – this time rearmed as much as possible – to deal...

DATE: June 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

COVID-19 throws tourist marketers a curveball

If you’re supposed to make hay when the sun is shining, what do you do when skies unexpectedly darken? That’s largely the question facing Visit Durango, the destination marketing organization for...

DATE: June 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory Resort plans new lift, more ski terrain

Purgatory Resort is looking to expand its skiable terrain, and if you have an opinion about the matter, now’s the time to speak up. The U.S. Forest Service on Thursday announced a 30-day public...

DATE: June 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado boat sales boom as people use rivers to escape coronavirus

The rivers are rising and paddle shops and boat makers across Colorado are reporting record sales as more families dip a paddle in the state’s waterways. “It’s like strumming the perfect chord on...

DATE: June 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

American Heritage Railways temporarily closes historical line in Washington

Because of operating difficulties caused by restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, American Heritage Railways has temporarily ceased operations of another one of its historical...

DATE: May 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton merchants face another tough year

SILVERTON – After fires in 2018 and near-record snowfall and avalanches in 2019, merchants in Silverton thought they had seen everything nature could throw at them. Few suspected one of nature’s...

DATE: May 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Imagine a Durango Hot Springs with 22 soaking pools

The new owners of Durango Hot Springs Resort and Spa plan to unveil improvements at the 150-year-old resort, formerly known as Trimble Hot Springs, on the Fourth of July weekend. By Independence...

DATE: May 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Salons, shops and offices take baby step in return to normalcy

Businesses in Durango took tentative steps Friday to emerge from government-ordered restrictions and shutdowns put in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. A week after most other...

DATE: May 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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