April 13, 2017


News to Know from Visit Estes Park

Hello Visit Estes Park Partners! Please read on for information about:
CEO Corner
Visit Estes Park Outreach & Transparency
Lodging Tax Receipts
Travel Buzz
Visit Estes Park Blog
Social Media Snapshots

CEO Corner

Frank Lancaster organized a resolution that was passed by the 71st Colorado General Assembly to celebrate Estes Park's Centennial on March 24. Senator Kevin Lundberg and Representative Perry Buck sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 17-025, recognizing and commending the people of Colorado on the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the Town of Estes Park, Colorado. Thank you Frank!

Visit Estes Park has been the project manager for the Colorado National Park Tour, which began with submitting the Colorado Tourism Office grant, to organizing the itinerary and logistics with five other destination marketing organizations across the state.  Regional partnerships continue to be a focus of Visit Estes Park.  Learn more about the Colorado NPS Tour with world-renowned adventurer, Johan Lolos. Thank you CTO for providing this opportunity!

Thank you for your feedback regarding the VEP Annual Tourism Summit.  The most popular date was June 7, 2017 so please save that date!  Breakout sessions begin at 1 pm, followed by General Session at 3:30 and we will conclude with a reception at 5:45 pm. Click here for further details.  Be sure to join us to receive a commemorative, limited edition Estes Park Centennial gift along with other goodies!
Visit Estes Park Outreach & Transparency
Visit Estes Park continues to find ways to be as public and transparent as possible. We go to great lengths to make sure we are not only sharing what we are working on, but also making sure we receive your feedback and input. Learn more about where you can find us; and if you want to be a part of our outreach, would like a presentation, or a one-on-one meeting, please let us know.
Lodging Tax Receipts
Year-to-date (YTD) February 2017, the total amount received is down -3.56% compared to the same two-month period last year. However, adjusting for late and missing payments, the YTD change is estimated to be up about 11.19%. The total amount received in the month of February was -29.29% lower than last year. However, when adjusted for late and missing payments, the difference is estimated to be 10.93% higher than last year. For the winter season, defined as December through February, lodging taxes were down -2.41% compared to the prior winter season. However, adjusting for late and missing payments, the winter season is estimated to be up 15.18%.
Travel Buzz
RSVP for the next Travel Buzz - May 17, 9:30 - 11 am. The topic is: Finding and Inspiring Your Champions to Further Your Cause

Every successful branding, marketing, downtown revitalization, and tourism development effort took one or two tireless pioneers who pushed the envelope, never gave up, and sacrificed a lot of time, energy and much of their personal life to make things happen. These are the folks we call “champions.” Changing the world is not for the faint of heart, but it’s the ultimate reward, and your legacy. In this workshop we’ll:

  • Identify the attributes of true champions, who can be your pied pipers to move things forward.
  • Uncover how many champions it takes to accomplish your ultimate goals.
  • Tell you the stories of six great champions, what they did, how long it took, the hardships and heartaches, and the results of their efforts. A few you’ve heard of, most you haven’t, yet they are amazing people who will be showcased in local archives as the champions that really made a difference.

If you feel overwhelmed, beat-up, and feel your efforts aren’t taking you where you want to go, this is the perfect pick-me-up and will inspire you to keep your chin up and keep pushing forward. You don’t want to miss these inspirational stories, and how they found the end of the rainbow through the storm.

Visit Estes Park Blog
Check out the Visit Estes Park Blog! This is great content to share with guests and on social media. Who knows, you might learn something as well. Whether it's Trails to Hike with Your Dog, Hikes for a Windy Day, or What to do over Easter, the VEP Blog has you covered! If you have suggestions for posts or would be interested in writing a guest blog, contact Josh Harms.
Social Media Snapshots
Commenters shared love and stories of moose for #FanPhotoFriday!
Stefanie Payne (@iStefPayne) shared a short video of a grazing elk herd!
@misfitlibrarian was excited to flip through her Visitor Guide and get ideas for an upcoming trip!
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

Wendi Bryson, Operations Manager

Michael Bodman, Finance & Administration Manager

Abi Huebner, Partner & Group Development Manager

Josh Harms, Communications Coordinator

Jean McGuire, Part Time Administrator

Catherine Moon, Part Time Administrator

Zac Scanlan, Visit Estes Park Youth on Boards Representative
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