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New Mexico cancels national tourism campaign amid virus

RIO RANCHO, N.M – The Santa Fe Plaza is empty. So are the narrow streets of the adobe-laden historic district in the heart of Albuquerque. The ski lifts are idle, the galleries are shuttered, and...

DATE: March 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Virtually free lodging offered to COVID-19 first responders and vulnerable people

When the world gives you lemons, you’re supposed to make lemonade. Premier Vacation Rentals Group, a vacation property management firm that operates in Durango and mountain towns across Colorado,...

DATE: March 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango train to remain closed ‘until further notice’

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad announced Monday it will remain closed “until further notice,” another hit to Southwest Colorado’s tourist-driven economy amid the coronavirus...

DATE: March 23, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Hindsight helps in making real estate forecasts: Coronavirus to play greater role than thought

Hindsight is always 20-20, and that’s even more true when you’re making annual forecasts. The COVID-19 pandemic had just become an issue internationally when John Wells, broker-owner of the Wells...

DATE: March 23, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge to end daily train to Cascade

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad stopped its once-a-day trains to Cascade Canyon on Tuesday. Train excursions will be suspended through April 1 or until further notice, the railroad...

DATE: March 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory, Wolf Creek ski areas receive little notice about closures

Ski areas in Southwest Colorado hastily shuttered operations Sunday after Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order banning operations from Sunday through March 22. On Sunday, the Colorado...

DATE: March 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango joins the destination management revolution

The tourism stakeholder community in Durango gets it! They understand the role of the typical destination marketing organization, like Visit Durango’s, is evolving to fulfill a new role in...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Records on track to be set in 2019

Thanks to the Durango tourism team and community, 2019 is on track to be another record-setting year for the local tourism industry. Over the past 12 months, Visit Durango estimates 1.3 million...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2019 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Rod Barker ready to handover stewardship of Strater Hotel

Anyone who has entered the Strater Hotel can attest that history is important to Rod Barker. Barker, 64 – whose family has been involved in the operation of Durango’s iconic inn, the Strater Hotel...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Owner of Purgatory Resort to acquire Brian Head Resort in Utah

Mountain Capital Partners, owner of Purgatory Resort, announced Tuesday an agreement to manage and operate Brian Head Resort, a ski area in southwest Utah about a three-hour drive from Las Vegas....

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s hotel row moving south

Charles Albert, who has run an inn in Durango for 40 years, has joined a migration that began several years ago as motels move from north Main Avenue to south Durango. Speaking from the...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Looking Ahead to 2020: Visit Durango’s new initiatives

Visit Durango’s mission is to promote visitation to Durango and La Plata County, drive economic impact and support a positive visitor experience. In 2020, the organization will continue shifting...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2019 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

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