2022 is looking good and Spring is in the air... and then it snows! A day in the life of a Puebloan! There is hope as the first Pueblo Chile seeds are scheduled for planting on March 15th and it won't be long before we will be reminding New Mexico, again, who has the BEST chile! Stay Spicy Pueblo!!!
Nearly 80% of American travelers have trips currently planned for 2022. More than 70% have engaged in travel planning and/or dreaming in the past week alone- a 7 point increase over a month ago. More than half of those are likely to use an online travel agency for domestic lodging, vacation packages, and domestic/international flights.
Americans are most interested in enjoying scenic beauty, warm-weather outdoor activities, road trips, dining in regional restaurants, visiting historic sites and enjoying street food.
Visit Pueblo is launching the Spice up Spring campaign to lure more Pueblo locals and traveler's to Pueblo's authentic eating establishments.
Frontline Lodging personnel, along with The Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, were invited to the Hose Co No 3 Museum for an evening dedicated to enriching the knowledge of our local attractions. The new Concierge program will host FREE nights at different locations to allow our Hospitality/Ambassador professionals to experience these attractions for themselves. In turn, they can provide this knowledge to our locals & tourists, in hopes they will add one of these unique attractions to their Bucket List. A quote from one of our hospitality staff:
"I just moved here and didn't know where to direct our guests, tonight I found a great place that is interesting and fun. Thank you for the opportunity to visit for free. I will be directing people to this museum."
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On February 15th, the Pueblo Lodging Association, Destination Pueblo and the Downtown Association met with the Pueblo Police Department to discuss a new program to prevent crime, in and around, our hotels and tourism attractions. Officers Megan Chapman, Frank Ortega and Joe Garcia explained the new program that has been successfully rolled out in other cities to help businesses employ crime prevention techniques. The Pueblo Police Department hopes to have a local model implemented in the next few months.
Events like the Pueblo Classic are crucial to Pueblo's economy. The First annual event in 2021 brought 675 registered cyclists from all across the nation to compete on a closed track in the heart of downtown Pueblo on Union Ave, Victoria & Grand streets. This year the event is on pace to draw even bigger crowds with the addition of an Entertainment & Beer Garden AND the AMR Safety Jam. A local favorite event drawing hundreds of families for a day of bike & helmet giveaways, free bike repair, Police & Fire Trucks, Helicopters, 50 vendor booths, kids activities & and more!
While these events bring an influx in shopping & eating local, they also come with street closures, traffic delays and parking inconveniences. Here is what you need to know to staff your business and/or attend: This year the downtown race will be held on Saturday April 23rd. Street closures will begin at 5am with racing starting at 8am. The Safety Jam, Entertainment Garden & food trucks will open at 10am on Alan Hamel & Union Ave. The Mayors Community ride takes off at Noon and Live music runs from 12:30 to 4:30, with the final Men’s Pro Race launching at 5pm, where nationally ranked riders compete for big $$ at speeds over 60 mph!
Free parking is available in both Main St. parking garages and on 2nd & Grand. Plans will be in place to allow business owners alley access into their Union Ave & Victoria locations on Saturday April 23rd. We appreciate your collaboration and patience and hope the event is a profitable and fun experience for all!