Town Tourism Committee – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 18 Jun 2020 15:31:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Town Tourism Committee – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 (Almost) setting the stage: Tourism board discusses uses for portable event stage http://www.pagosasun.com/almost%e2%80%88setting-the-stage-tourism-board-discusses-uses-for-portable-event-stage/ Thu, 18 Jun 2020 21:00:04 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=205966 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

A discussion was held on various items related to a recently purchased portable event stage by the Pagosa Area Tourism Board (PATB) at a regular meeting on June 9.

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Tourism board seeking applicants http://www.pagosasun.com/tourism-board-seeking-applicants/ Sun, 31 May 2020 11:00:27 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=204535 By Jennifer Green
Pagosa Springs Area Tourism Board

The Pagosa Springs Area Tourism Board currently has one open at-large seat and is seeking applications from individuals that would be interested in serving on the board. 

The Pagosa Springs Area Tourism Board is an advisory committee of the Town of Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners. Board members are required to attend monthly board meetings. The tourism board is tasked with promoting tourism to Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County, and is funded through the town and county lodging tax collections. 

Interested parties should contact Jennie Green via email at sales@visitpagosasprings.com or by phone at 903-9728 to receive an application. 

The application can also be downloaded from the town’s website at: https://www.pagosasprings.co.gov/vertical/sites/%7B175F1D4C-10BE-47AA-AF3E-C1BCDE2446A6%7D/uploads/app_boards-commisions.pdf.

Applications should be received no later than noon on Friday, June 5. Please contact Green at 903-9728 with any questions. 

 

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How soon is too soon? Town council addresses tourism recovery plan, possible reopening date http://www.pagosasun.com/how-soon-is-too-soon-town-council-addresses-tourism-recovery-plan-possible-reopening-date/ Thu, 21 May 2020 21:00:09 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=204093 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

Town Tourism Director Jennifer Green outlined for the Pagosa Springs Town Council on May 13 what the tourism recovery plan will look like when the time comes to invite visitors back to Pagosa Springs.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all active marketing of inviting visitors to Pagosa Springs has been halted since March 13, Green described.

The marketing that has been done has been passive, according to Green, with calming imagery and inspiring messages being advertised.

“We feel that we will be able to bounce back,” Green said. “We need to do it at a time where the community is ready for it.”

Air and international travel will be impacted longer due to COVID-19, but because Pagosa Springs is classified as a “drive market,” those factors are to the town’s benefit.

“Summer visitation in general is not dependent on events, and given that the likelihood of large events will not be happening at least for the next few months, that is to our advantage,” she said.

Cities and theme parks will be slower to recover as opposed to a small rural community like Pagosa Springs, Green described.

Promoting access to the surrounding 2.5 million acres of national forest and wilderness advocates for social distancing, as well, she added later.

Current efforts not only include passive advertising, but also working with businesses on a new business engagement support program, Green explained.

This program is a combination of training webinars for businesses, free advertising options and consultations, she described later.

However, Green explained that a tentative date of June 1 has been suggested to start actively promoting Pagosa Springs again.

This would coincide with a potential “soft opening” with the Pagosa Springs Visitors Center, she added.

 “Maybe it’s too soon at this point for you to make that decision, but the tourism board would like town council and the county commissioners to agree upon a date that we actively invite visitors,” Green said. “We don’t want to prematurely do that if the community is not ready for it.”

Council member Shari Pierce noted that she would rather wait until after Gov. Jared Polis issues the next public health guidelines and until the town sees where a possible variance request to the current public health orders goes.

“I think it is a little bit too soon, especially if the governor is going to hold fast in his limit of nonessential travel and stuff like that,” council member Madeline Bergon said. 

The target date of June 1 was described by council member Matt DeGuise as being “premature.”

“Once we are open, I think we are going to get enough people here without having to actively recruit them for several weeks,” DeGuise said.

However, council member Rory Burnett explained he believes the target date of June 1 is “great.”

“Our job is to serve the people,” Burnett said. “A vast majority of the people I’ve talked to in the community are ready to be open.”

Burnett added that he believes the town should be behind opening “sooner than later” because that’s what people who council represent are communicating.

“We’re not a health board. We serve the people of the community of Pagosa Springs and we’re a tourist town and I think that we should be OK with June 1,” he said. “Obviously things can change, but our numbers are such that we shouldn’t be in fear in this season.”

Mayor Don Volger explained that he would like to see how things play out over the next week, keeping June 1 as a possibility.

 

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New scenic overlook sign http://www.pagosasun.com/new-scenic-overlook-sign/ Thu, 21 May 2020 21:00:02 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=204045

SUN photo/Chris Mannara

Pagosa Springs Tourism Director Jennifer Green, along with tourism board members Jon Johnson and Shane Lucero, pose with the new scenic overlook sign positioned right above the San Juan River. The area includes shaded seating and a view of the San Juan River.

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Tourism director outlines budgetary concerns http://www.pagosasun.com/tourism-director-outlines-budgetary-concerns/ Mon, 27 Apr 2020 11:00:19 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=201945 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

During a special meeting of the Pagosa Area Tourism Board (PATB) on April 16, the board discussed potential budgetary ramifications as a result of the coronavirus.

“Our budget will obviously be significantly affected,” Tourism Director Jennie Green said during the meeting. “One thing to keep in mind with the lodging tax budget is, without tourism, there is no money coming in.”

Currently, the PATB has received January lodgers’ tax collections from the Town of Pagosa Springs and is anticipating receiving first quarter collections from Archuleta County around the end of May, Green explained.

Within agenda documentation, Green outlined a three-year average in collections from both the town and county, what the anticipated percentage drop would be for both town and county and projected collections for both.

For example, for March from 2017-2019, the three-year average of collections for the town was about $60,216. The anticipated percentage drop is expected to be 60 percent with only $24,086 in projected collections from the town.

“Because we did miss the busiest of the spring break weeks and really only had, I’m going to say, 10-12 days of March traffic,” she said.

In April, three years of collections averaged out to about $33,635. The anticipated percentage drop is expected to be 100 percent, with little to no lodging tax being collected during that month, according to Green.

“I really don’t think we have a lot of visitors in town right now,” she said. 

For May, there is projected to be a 90 percent drop in collections, going from an average of $45,532 to $4,553, Green explained.

“Everything that I’m hearing, it seems like that the industry seems to think that perhaps by July we’ll start to be bouncing back somewhat,” Green said.

In total, from January to December, the town’s three-year average for lodging tax collections from 2017-2019 was $653,473. The projected collections in that same time frame this year is expected to be about $338,454.

For the county, the first quarter is projected to have a 25 percent drop in collections, going from the three-year average of $37,028 to a projected $25,919, according to agenda documentation.

The second quarter is anticipated to have an 80 percent drop in collections, going from the three-year average of $43,820 to a projected $8,764, according to agenda documentation.

For the third and fourth quarters of the county, collections are projected to drop 50 and 40 percent; total collections for the county are projected to go from $206,428 to $103,084.

The unaudited reserve balance for 2020 is currently $654,000, Green explained, adding that the town’s auditors have requested the PATB keep three months of expenditures in reserves, which is about $270,000.

With those changes, there would be $384,000 in the 2020 budget, Green noted.

However, due to three infrastructure items on the budget, a Watershed grant of $2,500, a $40,000 contribution to the Hermosa Trail extension and a portable event stage of $83,000, Green highlighted the potential of a “shortfall” of $136,000.

“I’m not proposing any cuts at this point, but I have gone through the budget and, just given the fact that the visitors’ center has been closed, and will be closed likely through May, there’s a reduced expenses as a result of that,” she said.

Green noted that, if the PATB needs to, she will bring forward “some options for cutting the budget more significantly” if the board needs to make up the $136,000.

 

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Tourism Board discusses program to support businesses http://www.pagosasun.com/tourism-board-discusses-program-to-support-businesses/ Thu, 16 Apr 2020 21:00:36 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=201532 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
A potential program with various ways to engage and support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic was discussed by the Pagosa Area Tourism Board (PATB) during an electronic meeting held on Tuesday night.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-217/ Thu, 09 Apr 2020 21:00:37 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200973 The following meetings are subject to change.
Monday, April 13
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 4 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, April 14
Archuleta School District Board of Education elementary school visit. 8 a.m., Pagosa Springs Elementary School, 141 S. 10th St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m. Call 264-8300 one to two days before the meeting to obtain the log-in information.
Pagosa Springs Area Tourism Board meeting. 4:30 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Archuleta School District Board of Education regular meeting. 6 p.m., Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, April 15
Southwestern Water Conservation District board teleconference. 9 a.m. Call (605) 475-5618, 797282#.
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m. See https://us04web.zoom.us/j/826961330, meeting ID: 826 961 330.
Pagosa Springs Urban Renewal Authority Commission. See town website for participation information.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board. 5 p.m. See town website for participation information.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-4/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195937 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
The SUN is taking a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at October, November and December.

OCTOBER

• The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) approved upon first reading a revised noise ordinance and adopted the Model Traffic Code upon second and final reading at the board’s regular meeting on Oct. 1.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review/ Thu, 02 Jan 2020 22:00:42 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194166 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
Over the next few weeks, The SUN will take a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at January, February and March.

January

• Beginning Jan. 5, the Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) began 24/7 paid staffing for the first time in the department’s history.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-200/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 22:00:40 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192392 The following meetings are subject to change.
Monday, Dec. 9
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors work session and regular meeting. 4 p.m. work session, 5 p.m. regular meeting, 7 Parelli Way.
CSU Extension Advisory Board meeting. 11:30 a.m., CSU Extension office, 344 U.S. 84.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta School District Board of Education work session and regular meeting. 5 p.m. work session, 6 p.m. regular meeting, Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, 800 S. 8th St.
Pagosa Springs Area Tourism Board meeting. 4:30 p.m., Visitor Center, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Combined Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors meeting and Board of Trustees of the Pagosa Fire Protection District Firemen’s Pension Fund regular meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, Dec. 11
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 4 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Archuleta County Planning Commission regular meeting. 6 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Thursday, Dec. 12
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners special meeting — budget adoption. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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