With entrances in Estes Park and Grand Lake, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK experienced its highest annual visitation ever in 2016 with 4,517,584 people entering the park (and countless animals of course!), representing an 8.7 percent increase over record visitation in 2015. All months in 2016 set visitation records except for December. The top 10 busiest days in 2016, in order from one to 10, were Sept. 24, July 3, Sept. 4, Sept. 17, July 24, July 10, July 17, Sept. 5, July 23 and July 30.
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Under 5 percent is what Carmen Callo, executive chef at Centerplate, estimates is the percentage of special dietary requests he received about five years ago. Today, as he oversees catering at Colorado Convention Center in Denver, he and his team are cooking for groups where 15 to 20 percent of attendees have special dietary requirements.
Colorado DMCs share the questions they hear most as well as their responses.
Eleven Experience has unveiled Taylor River Lodge, a Colorado mountain retreat with rustic-yet-chic cabins situated on a pristine trout fishing and rafting river just outside of Almont. Rock climbing, hiking and more also are on the menu of activities offered.
Tim Freeman’s 25-year culinary career included stops in Moscow, the Philippines and Portugal, before Nairobi, Kenya. From there, the 39-year-old plotted a return to the United States, first at Northern Hotel in Billings, Montana, before moving south to Borealis for the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center’s opening in early 2016.
“My son, he was born in Nairobi,” says Freeman. “I had been out of the U.S. for 10 years—I had not set foot on U.S. soil. It was time to come home.”
Colorado properties, suppliers, and meeting and event planners gather each year at Destination Colorado’s Front Range Trade Show, held this year on Dec. 1 at EXDO Event Center in Denver. The organization’s annual meeting and awards were held immediately before the show.
It’s back, the National Association of Catering & Events Denver Chapter’s annual holiday mixer, Naughty or NACE held on Dec. 13. Attendees were encouraged to take the recently added commuter rail line to the year-old The Westin Denver International Airport for holiday cocktails, food, entertainment and the opportunity to toast the end of the year in style.
The time-honored tradition of meeting in an establishment that places value in a perfectly aged steak says a lot about how the host feels about his or her guests. It reflects the importance of the people at the table and creates a lasting impression. And as American steakhouses go, Colorado is in the thick of many fine dining and blue-jean casual restaurants that fit the bill for a successful business outing.
EAST OF THE DIVIDE STEAKHOUSES
Guard and Grace, Denver
Organizing an internal event with a committee of volunteers takes savvy and purpose from day one.
When I was 5 years old, my grandma would regularly take me to a convalescent home to visit my great-grandmother who had Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to seeing great-grandma, I’d pass the time sharing stories, laughs and gummy bears with the other residents. By age 15, I was a candy striper at my local hospital, and at 19 an intern at MakeA-Wish Foundation, assisting in the planning and executing of events. At this point, I was hooked! Not only to the events industry but also to the feeling I received when giving back.