Colorado highlights year-round appeal

Wilderness trips, outdoor activities, sports and cycling are all on Colorado’s ‘must-do’ list for campaign promotions in 2016.


Tourism representatives say they are working to promote the state as a year- round destination by highlighting skiing, golf, cycling and various wilderness activities. At November’s World Travel Market in London, the Colorado Tourism Office’s International Marketing Manager, Jennifer Bartlett-Alpert, stressed the destination’s bid to become the most cycle-friendly U.S. state.

She pointed out that Colorado’s tour-biking scene has become so popular that the state launched one of the largest cycling events in U.S. history in 2011.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is the largest spectator event in the history of the state and will run again in 2016.

Also exhibiting on Colorado’s WTM stand was The Broadmoor Hotel, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary next year and is promoting the wide variety of summer outdoor excursions it provides.


Detroit: America’s comeback city

The city of Detroit, Michigan, which became a byword for urban deprivation and population flight, is once again bustling with new activity.


David Lorenz, Vice President, Travel Michigan, said the improvements focused on a major investment in 46 blocks covering the downtown area.

“It's a huge open space at the moment but once complete by 2017 it will link downtown and midtown. The development will have the world’s most advanced hockey arena, new apartments, hotels and restaurants."

Construction is currently continuing on the M-1 Rail streetcar which is due for completion in late 2016. The streetcar will serve Detroit’s most visited destinations and largest business areas.

The addition of a new state park and outdoor centres is also bringing people back to the formerly troubled city.


Virginia’s Oyster Trail is a tourism pearl

The recently-launched Virginia Oyster Trail offers visitors a way to enjoy the U.S. Eastern Seaboard state’s seven ‘oyster regions’.


The trail connects travellers to oyster purveyors, raw bars and restaurants throughout coastal Virginia, the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, and Virginia’s eastern shore. The state’s seven different oyster regions produce the largest quantity of fresh wild-caught and farm-raised oysters in the country.

The trail takes visitors to the distinctive river and bay towns throughout the Chesapeake Bay area, including Cape Charles and Irvington.

Rita McClenny, President and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation, explained, “The Virginia Oyster Trail will allow travellers to experience the state in a new way by pairing oysters with other Virginia products and learning more about the area they come from.”


Winter feted in Minnesota

Preparations are underway for Bloomington, Minnesota’s 12th annual Winter Fete celebration, which takes place from January 17-25.


The festival includes ‘all-things-winter’, from Nordic ski jump competitions to ‘broomball hockey’ to skating on open rinks located throughout the city.

The International Nordic Ski Jump Competition, held at Bush Lake Ski Jump, attracts athletes from across Europe and North America.

The event culminates at the Pond Dakota Winter History Festival where visitors can visit the Pond House, learn about Minnesota frontier life, tap into 19 century immigrant life and see items that would have been carried on the journey to America.

Organised by Bloomington Parks and Recreation and the Pond Dakota Heritage Society, most Winter Fete activities are free.