Breckenridge: Tourism marketing push paying off
Aspen, CO Colorado
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. ” A $250,000 marketing push appears to have helped soften a plunge in the town’s lodging occupancy rates this winter.
The Breckenridge Resort Chamber has been using the money on advertising and deals to lure visitors from cities including Dallas and Chicago to fill rooms, particularly in late December and early January. The winter marketing push was unusual, since the rooms typically are fully booked for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. This winter, rooms were still available with two weeks to go before Christmas.
The town occupancy rate for December was projected to be 14 percent below what it was in December 2007, but instead it fell just 8 percent, the Summit Daily News reported. The occupancy rate for January was down 12 percent from January 2008, which was better than a projected dip of 25 percent, the newspaper reported.
“The net of it is we ended up as we said our goals were ” to make occupancy drop only half as bad as they appeared at the end of November,” said John McMahon, executive director of the Breckenridge Resort Chamber, the town’s marketing arm.
Town Councilman Rob Millisor said the marketing investment was “money well spent.”
McMahon said other factors, such as the Dew Tour in mid-December and cooperation with Breckenridge Ski Resort, also helped boost occupancy rates.
Although the occupancy rate for Presidents Day weekend reached more than 90 percent, McMahon said, it’s too early to say how the rest of ski season will look.
“All of us are really concerned about March right this minute,” McMahon said.
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