Tourism outlook bullish for Labor Day weekend
Tourism was down this weekend compared to the same weekend in 2003, but the outlook for the coming Labor Day weekend is brighter.
Area lodges were projected to be just 29 percent full Saturday compared to 43 percent full on the night of the corresponding Saturday in 2003.
The early projection for next Saturday anticipates hotels, motels and condos will be almost 40 percent full. That translates to about 6,000 visitors compared to 3,900 on Sept. 6, 2003. Downtown lodging properties show the highest occupancy rates for next Saturday at 68 percent occupancy.
This past Saturday, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association expected 4,400 people in town compared to 6,500 on Aug. 30, 2003.
Job recruiting on the Web and free lunch
The Colorado Workforce Center will host a training session to help clients make more efficient use of its technology to recruit employees. The session is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Steamboat Pilot & Today conference room.
Attendees will learn to post job orders on the Web, search for employees on the Web and access labor market information.
A free lunch will be provided by Winona's. Reservations are required. Call 879-3075 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major project OK'd for Aspen's biggest resort
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The Snowmass Village Town Council has approved a $400 million base development opponents say isn't justified by skier numbers and will require millions of dollars in taxpayer-financed road and other improvements.
The Aspen Skiing Co. says the development, including a gondola, is needed at the Snowmass ski area to compete with Vail and other major resorts.
"This is an important milestone but not the end of the journey," said Jim Crown, Aspen Skiing Co. managing partner.
He said it could take six years or more to complete the project. The resort is operated by the ski company but Intrawest, the Canadian ski industry and tourism lodging giant, is building the project.