Rachel Brown

Who is Durango’s ideal visitor?

As the language of the recently passed ballot measure, 1-A, states, 55% of the new lodgers tax will fund “Sustainable Tourism Marketing.” Stewardship is at the core of Visit Durango’s mission. The...

DATE: May 1, 2021 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

What is sustainable tourism marketing?

With the city of Durango election upon us and the lodgers tax increase, 1-A, on the ballot, there are a lot of questions circulating about a critical topic: sustainable tourism. Durango is the...

DATE: April 3, 2021 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

10 little-known lodgers tax facts, figures

You’ve probably heard about the proposed lodgers tax increase. This April, 1-A will be the only question on the ballot besides the vote for new city councilors. If passed, 1-A gives “authorization...

DATE: March 6, 2021 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Maximize your Durango staycation this February

February is officially “Staycation Month” in La Plata County. With a lower number of visitors in town, affordable rates for staycation activities and plentiful powder, February is the perfect...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2021 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

New strategic tourism plan focuses on economic recovery and sustainability

Visit Durango is starting the new year with a fresh perspective on tourism and a new plan of action. This month, the tourism office has released the 2021-2022 Destination Management & Marketing...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2021 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Why we should consider ourselves lucky this year

This November marked my one-year anniversary of having moved to Durango. Wow, what a year it’s been. When I had just about settled into my new home ... BAM! COVID-19 cascaded over the world and...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Why 2020 is the year to shop local this holiday season

The easiest way to give back this season, and help the Durango area through this difficult year, is to shop local. As our research shows, 62% of patrons to our shops and retail stores are...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Tourism’s economic impact sans extra visitors

2020 has not been the best year for tourism. With stay-at-home orders, quarantines and public officials urging citizens to stay-put, tourism numbers have plummeted across the globe. Durango has...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Why join Visit Durango’s Board of Directors?

Visit Durango is currently accepting applications for our Board of Directors from now through October 31, 2020. The Visit Durango Board of Directors is organized by sector to ensure all categories...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

The uncertain future of the events industry

Cycling races, association meetings, concerts and family reunions are just a few of the events that would normally be traveling to and from Durango or taking place in our region this year....

DATE: Aug. 22, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Global tourism impacts and creating the new normal

Last week, Visit Durango attended the Destinations International 2020 Annual Conference, the world’s largest conference for destination organizations and tourism boards.

DATE: July 25, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

What does responsible tourism mean to you?

It goes by many names: sustainable tourism, destination stewardship, eco-tourism, etc., but what once focused mostly protecting the environment has now expanded to include people, culture, business...

DATE: June 27, 2020 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

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