Mountain News: Breckenridge may boost marketing tax 

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. - Town voters in Breckenridge likely will get a hatful of proposals in November that would collectively serve to pump up the lodging tax 1 per cent in order to fatten marketing efforts.

The Summit Daily News reports that if the current lodging tax brings in $1.7 million this year, as expected, the new tax could harvest $2.5 million. That's still short of the $3 million spent by Steamboat and the $4 million or more spent by Aspen, Park City and South Lake Tahoe.

Councilman Mike Dudick said he wants the expanded marketing to focus more on groups and well-heeled visitors from outside of Colorado.

In a compromise to get the lodging community's support, the town council agreed to increase money from town coffers spent on marketing.


March ain't what it used to be

ASPEN, Colo. - March isn't what it used to be in Aspen, says the Aspen Skiing Co., which wants permission from town authorities to host outdoor concerts that might attract 3,000 to 5,000 people. The goal of the concerts, explained Jeff Hanle, spokesman for the company, would be to draw "people who would not have come here otherwise." March, once the busiest single month at most ski resorts, "is not what it used to be," Hanle told the Aspen Times .


Real estate starting to stabilize

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - Echoing reports from mountain resort communities elsewhere in the West, real-estate sales from communities along the shore of Lake Tahoe have increased and sales prices stabilized.

Total sales volume for the first half of 2010 was $306 million, a 47 per cent increase. While those numbers look strong, said Sue Lowe, vice president of Chase International, she cautioned that compared to 2009, a bleak time for real estate agents, any numbers could look positive.

"We're optimistic that the market is starting to stabilize." She also noted "some significant activity in the ultra high-end sales" of over $10 million.


Pfeared pfiasco pfails

TELLURIDE, Colo. - Pfish came, gave two shows in Telluride, each of them drawing 9,000 "phans," and a good time was had by all.

Or mostly that was the case, reports the Telluride Watch . Certainly, there was no Armageddon - although law enforcement and medical officials had prepared for the worst.

The Watch notes that preparedness began last winter, and not entirely without cause. Pfish shows have a history of attracting people tripping, much as Grateful Dead shows used to.


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