Boulder reported an uptick in new developments and renovations.
Following is an overview of several recent openings and upgrades in the area, as
well as a look at some of the more interesting meeting highlights that remain popular
with visiting groups.
Denver has the benefit of providing the conveniences and culture of a bustling metropolis while serving as a jumping off point for
access to the nearby Rocky Mountains.
In addition to the new commuter rail
line, there has been a push for an increase
in international air lift, and last November
voters approved a significant expansion to
the Colorado Convention Center, which
will add an additional 80,000 square feet
of flexible meeting and ballroom space to
an existing structure that already provides
over 100,000 square feet of meeting space
across 63 learning rooms.
The expansion also calls for the addition of 100,000 square feet of indoor and
outdoor prefunction space that will include
a 50,000-square-foot rooftop terrace on top
of the existing convention center, with unobstructed views of the Rocky Mountains
and the city skyline to get groups outdoors.
“There’s a lot of energy around what is
happening with the city [right now],” says
Jason Lusk, CMP, associate vice president,
convention sales with Visit Denver. “The
rail line, of course, is absolutely huge for
us and the launch has been a big success.
To be able to offer that to planners now is a
“In addition to the rail line, Union Station is
still a beloved wonderful space in Denver,” he
continues. “The culinary scene is thriving … and
the Colorado Convention Center is working on
renovations. The combination of all of these
elements are elevating the city to international
status for tourism, meetings and conventions.”
Lusk adds that Denver can now ac-
commodate groups of up to 10,000 with
sleeping rooms in the downtown urban
area, and that number is set to grow as new
hotels continue to come online.
On the same ballot as the Colorado
Convention Center expansion, voters also
approved updates to the National Western
Complex, which will make the state-of-the-art facility more accessible to groups.
The venue will improve upon its existing
equestrian educational facilities and add
an agricultural research center in collaboration with Colorado State University,
opening up new opportunities for events.
On the hotel front, the 519-room Westin
Denver International Airport launched
last November and was designed to
complement the state-of-the-art design of
Denver International Airport. The prop-
erty offers 37,500 square feet of flexible
meeting space and a 60,000-square-foot
And the previously mentioned historic
Union Station transportation hub continues
to expand its offerings, including the addition of The Source, a collaborative indoor
marketplace featuring two restaurants, a
butcher shop, a florist, a bakery, a brewery,
liquor store and art and design gallery.
Avanti Food and Beverage is a newer
dining facility that Visit Denver describes as
a building made up of shipping containers
where restaurateurs can try out new restaurant and bar concepts. There are currently
seven restaurant concepts and two bars on-site, and the space allows for buyouts.
Boulder on the Move
Boulder often touts the “healthy, cultural-ly-enriched lifestyle” of its residents, and it
definitely provides a more laidback counterpart to nearby Denver’s more active and
sprawling city setting. The presence of the
University of Colorado at Boulder also adds
to the city’s more intimate atmosphere.
“We’re separate from Denver, but we also
try and stay interconnected with what’s
going on there in terms of new developments,” says Mary Ann Mahoney, executive
director at the Boulder CVB.
Mahoney mentions that Boulder saw a
pause in its hotel developments
around the time of the
most recent economic
recession, but that
it has since recovered nicely and
a growth period
in their facilities
and several new
COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER, DENVER
High-end ESCAPES at
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs contin- ues to build and improve on its Wilderness Experience, a collection of upscale spaces
for retreats, smaller meetings and reunions that
consists of The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Cloud
Camp, the recently reopened Seven Falls park and
the original Broadmoor fishing camp.
Groups can access Seven Falls in South Cheyenne Canyon via transport from The Broadmoor
and explore the fully renovated hiking trails and
even climb 224 steps to take in views of the famous waterfalls. New additions to the park include
The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure, offering two
original zipline courses, and the 1858 fine-dining
restaurant, which provides space for 100 guests and breathtaking views.
The Ranch at Emerald Valley and Cloud Camp at the Broadmoor also specialize in pro-
viding one-of-a-kind experiences, and even include “all-inclusive” group rates that can be
convenient for smaller groups. The Ranch at Emerald Valley’s sweet spot for meetings is in
the 20- to 24-attendee range, whereas Cloud Camp can accommodate up to 64 people,
based upon double-occupancy. Both venues showcase The Broadmoor’s signature
scenic views and plenty of teambuilding opportunities.
Planners interested in checking out all of The Broadmoor’s facilities can register for
our upcoming Meetings Today Live! West event ( www.meetingstoday.com/live), hosted
by the Colorado Springs resort from Sept. 11-14, 2016.