News to Know from Visit Estes Park

Hello Visit Estes Park Partners! Please read on for information about:

CEO Corner
Travel Buzz
March Lodging Taxes 
International Information Form
Emergency Text Alert System Poll
Colorado Tourism Partnership
2017 Official Visitor Guide Media Kit & Partner Appointments
Paint Estes Pink
Town of Estes Park Volunteers
Social Media Snapshots

CEO Corner

It's been a fun month engaging with the community, so I thought I would share a glimpse of what VEP has participated in during that time.  The Estes Park Mountain Festival was a blast, especially having the opportunity to meet all of the school children and hand out CO Blue Spruce trees.  Estes was well represented once again at the State Capitol for the Tourism Rally, thank you Trustee Walker for joining us!  It was an honor to present to the Estes Park Wedding Association, a very organized and cohesive group that continues to help grow our destination year-round.  We partnered with Boulder Theater and National Parks Media where we exhibited and handed out over 700 Visitor Guides and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory candy bars, --lots of love for Estes was shared by guests that evening.  Despite the weather, we popped up the VEP Booth at Bond Park for the Duck Race and helped sell tickets and answer questions.  Our staff participated in Explore our Store, Library Centennial Celebration, EALA Annual Dinner and Nonprofit Excellence in Northern CO Conference.  And finally, it was a pleasure to participate in Peter Kageyama's for "The Love of Cities" presentation.  If you missed Peter's inspirational chat and would like more info., feel free to contact me.  We are looking for community co-creators!

Thank you,
Elizabeth Fogarty
RSVP for the next Travel Buzz - June 15, 2016, 9:30 - 11 am at VEP Office, 1200 Graves Ave. This Travel Buzz's topic is: Engaging Consumers is the Road to Destination Marketing Success.
March Lodging Taxes 
Receipts for the month of March 2016 were down -17.47% compared to March 2015. However, there are more than 25 missing payments in March 2016 that will eventually show up in subsequent months. The payments were not received by the State because of a new mail contractor that got overwhelmed by tax season mailings. Adjusting for these missing payments, March 2016 receipts are up 0.05% compared to March 2015. YTD, lodging tax receipts are up 9.49% above 2015. 
International Information Needed
Currently offered as a free service, Visit Estes Park is actively selling Estes Park businesses to international tour operators and pitching travel stories to international press. We are prepping for IPW – the largest international travel conference in the US – June 18-22 where we will be meeting with dozens of international press and tour operators. Send your press news to Brooke ASAP and watch for a separate email soon requesting your tour product information. 
Emergency Text Alert System Poll
The Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority and the Town of Estes Park/Estes Park Police have established an emergency notification system that would send a text message to guests (who opt-in) only when there is an emergency in the area. They would like your feedback on which communications tactics (if any) you would be interested in supporting through your business/organization. Click here to provide your input via this 2-question poll.
Get the Most from Your Colorado Tourism Office Partnership
The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) is a close partner of Visit Estes Park and is working diligently to reach millions of potential travelers from across the country and the globe. By having a large and diverse set of businesses and experienced representing Estes Park in their programs, we can all reap more benefit from their uniquely targeted and qualified audiences. Don’t miss your chance to participate by submitting your FREE business listing and considering the 2016-2017 paid promotional opportunities with CTO.
Coming Soon: 2017 Official Visitor Guide Media Kit & Partner Appointments
We are very thankful for all of the support we received with the upgraded 2016 Official Estes Park Visitor Guide. We have expanded distribution to include brochure racks around town and are constantly looking for new ways to get the guide in front of our guests and potential guests. Stay tuned for the 2016 OVG Media Kit and for Abi and Suzy to be reaching out to schedule your appointment to review current and new advertising programs for 2017!
Estes Park to Paint Estes Pink July 6th - 11th
Paint Estes Pink is a yearly celebration and fundraiser for the Estes Park Medical Center Oncology Department. During the week of the Rooftop Rodeo, downtown businesses will have donation jars and will also be decorating in pink. The Stanley Hotel will have pink exterior lighting and there will be pink ribbons attached to light poles on Elkhorn Ave. At the end of the week, a check will be presented to the EPMC at the Rooftop rodeo. If you would like to be part of the Paint Estes Pink committee or would like to donate to this worthwhile cause, please contact Adam Shake at 970-308-0200
Town of Estes Park Volunteers 
The Town of Estes Park is looking for volunteers for the following: 
  • Merchandise sales at the 26th Annual Estes Park Jazz Fest and Art Walk June 4th & 5th.
  • Information Table and merchandise sales at The Town of Estes Park’s Wool Market June 11th & 12th.
  • Models for the Wooly Wonder Fashion Show June 11th  
To volunteer, email
Social Media Snapshots
Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities, shared this photo while he was in town for his For the Love of Estes talk. "Arrived late last night and this was the view from my room this morning in Estes Park."
Nancy Hobbs @NanoONTrails: "Great day on the trails @VisitEstesPark @ATRAtrailrunner..."
@ciloukaz: "The 'what to do?' of the day. The day seems promising:driving, hikes, lakes..but first breakfast..." 
As always, please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments or concerns. We are here to help! Thank you for being an involved Partner! 

Warm regards,
The Visit Estes Park Team

Elizabeth Fogarty, President & CEO

Brooke Burnham, Director of PR & Communications

Suzy Blackhurst, Director of Operations

Michael Bodman, Office Administrator

Adam Concannon, Content Coordinator

Abi Huebner, Partner and Group Development Manager
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