September 15, 2016


News to Know from Visit Estes Park

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

CEO Corner
Every Kid in a Park Opportunity
Travel Buzz
Lodging Tax Receipts
Extranet 4.0
2017 Estes Park Visitor Guide
Virtual Tours
Mrs. Walsh's Garden
Partner Facebook Group
Philanthropy Day in Estes Park
2017 Colorado Vacation Guide
Autumn Gold Seeks Volunteers
Social Media Snapshots

CEO Corner

VEP Staff and Board are currently working on the 2017 Operating Plan.  This is a comprehensive document which outlines where we are now with current strategies including results, and also new research providing direction for the 2017 Plan.  We welcome your input, so please reply with any comments or suggestions by September 24 regarding the Draft 2017 Operating Plan.  You are all a part of the success of this District. Thank you for being an involved partner and sharing your suggestions and input.

Every Kid in a Park Opportunity

We are happy to report that the federally funded Every Kid in a Park Program, which provides every 4th grader in the nation a free national park pass, is continuing through 2017. VEP has decided to continue our program by once again sending the Official Visit Estes Park Visitor Guide to 4th graders across the state - over 600 schools!
Backpack Opportunity - Round 2: We also have been providing free backpacks with Estes goodies to 4th graders at the Estes Park Visitor Center.  Due to popular demand, we are ordering more backpacks and need your promotional items to stuff them with.  Past contributions have been souvenir water bottles, scavenger hunt maps, crayons, stickers, activity books, and mini first aid kits. Each participant who provides something of value may also include a flyer or brochure about their business, making this program a great opportunity to advertise your business to families visiting Estes! Contact Suzy Blackhurst to sign up or learn more!
Travel Buzz
RSVP for the next Travel Buzz - September 21, 2016, 9:30 - 11 am. The topic is: The Fastest, Easiest & Most Affordable Way to Bring Customers Back: Your marketing efforts can bring in new customers once, but will it bring them back? It's far easier and much less expensive to retain customers than to always fight for new ones. So what can you do to bring them back without spamming them, time and again? In this workshop you'll learn the ten things you can do, for very little money, that will create repeat customers - for years. And you'll see how three communities actually make that happen and the results they enjoy.
We are returning to Inkwell and Brew for this Buzz - 150 E Elkhorn Ave. Please RSVP so the staff can prepare accordingly.
Lodging Tax Receipts
The total amount received in July was 7.53% higher than last year. When adjusted for late payments, the increase is estimated to be slightly higher at 8.59%. Year to date, lodging taxes are up 14.47%. When ​adjusted for late payments, however, the increase is estimated at 10.28%.
Heads Up: Extranet 4.0 Coming Soon
An updated version of the partner Extranet is scheduled to go live soon -  approximately Monday, October 3, 2016. You will recieve an automated email notification when the new Extranet is available. Stay tuned for more news and information about how you can take advantage of Extranet 4.0.
2017 Visitor Guide
Thank you for your overwhelming response to the Visit Estes Park 2017 Official Visitor Guide. All advertising spots have been sold! Those of you who are participating in the guide will be receiving official proofs of your ads soon. The 2017 Guide will be better than ever!
Virtual Tours
The first launch of the Virtual Tour (now on the VEP homepage) filming filled up quickly, so we have scheduled the next round sooner than expected!  If you missed out the first time, please ​complete this form to get scheduled for the second round. Take time to peruse through the tour and check out your local businesses and the 20+ drone aerials over the Estes Valley, it's very cool!
Mrs. Walsh's Garden
Mrs. Walsh's Garden is open again! The public garden showcases native plants that are viable in the Rocky Mountain area and the Estes Valley’s altitude and climate. Mrs. Walsh’s Garden is open to visitors from dawn to dusk daily.
Partner Facebook Group
Stay up-to-date with Visit Estes Park as it relates to you and your business. Join our closed, Partner Facebook Group to be in the know. Recent education classes are posted for your convenience as well.
Philanthropy Day in Estes Park
Join us as we celebrate and honor the volunteers and donors who give so much to our community! More details and nomination info can be found at​
Don't Miss Your Spot in the 2017 Colorado Vacation Guide VEP Co-op
Visit Estes Park is once again investing in a full-page ad and co-op spread - allowing all of you to have reduced rates for ads in the Official Colorado Vacation Guide. Don't miss your chance to get in front of 1.5 million qualified travelers. CTO advertising continues to provide incredible performance for Estes Park. The deadline to book your spot is Sept. 30th with art due Oct. 7th, so contact Andrea Kuskie today to learn more and to book your reduced-cost co-op ad spot and find more info here!
(303) 867-8244 |
Autumn Gold Seeks Volunteers
Autumn Gold welcomes volunteers in exchange for free food, beverage and beer, and the best part is, it's a BLAST!  Contact Barbara Johnson to sign up!
Social Media Snapshots
We always love recieving messages from happy guests. Leon Parvu sent pictures and said "we will be back next month!"
Christina Barker (@NurseStina4) shared photos from her end of summer family vacation.
@1erichunsberger enjoying some fly fishing and sun rises in Estes Park.
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 Marketing & Communications

Suzy Blackhurst, Director of Operations

Michael Bodman, Finance and Administration Manager

Adam Concannon, Content Coordinator

Abi Huebner, Partner & Group Development Manager
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