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Thread: DEN Leads Country in Hotel Occupancy..Is Cannibis the Attraction?


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    Default DEN Leads Country in Hotel Occupancy..Is Cannabis the Attraction?

    What is not in question is the fact that during the first quarter, Denver was by far the fastest-growing U.S. hotel market in terms of room demand.

    What is open to debate is how much of that phenomenal growth was cannabis-related.

    Stakeholders ranging from specialized tour operators to Expedia’s Hotels.com division have asserted that the surge is largely attributable to the fact that recreational use of marijuana became legal in Colorado on Jan. 1, resulting in an influx of out-of-state visitors looking to use the drug without fear of arrest.

    But Denver’s tourism bureau and traditional hoteliers insisted last week that the real reasons for the jump in room demand were developments unrelated to marijuana, primarily a surge in convention business, a bountiful ski season that drove more tourists through the city to nearby ski resorts, and the Denver Broncos’ two NFL playoff games at their home stadium in January.

    “We’ve had a very good convention year,” said Rich Grant, communications director for Visit Denver, the city’s tourism bureau. “We’ve had the best snow we’ve had in a long time, and we had two playoff games. It’s very difficult for us to believe it has been driven by marijuana.”
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    Honestly, as a Denver resident, the pot thing is pretty overblown. Yes, there are quite a few shops out there. Most of them have been around for a long time, since it's been legal for medicinal reasons long before Amendment 64 passed and there are shops for that. And getting a prescription for that is NOT very hard, from what I've heard.

    Anyway, pot may be a bonus reason to visit for some, but I highly doubt that it's a main attraction for most people. Honestly, those interested in smoking probably already do, and any savings in Colorado is surely outweighed by the cost of a ticket. And yes, there are plenty of other things in Denver and the rest of Colorado. We've been growing like wildfire (ok, given a couple summers ago, maybe that's not a good analogy ) so I'm going to have to go with the tourism bureau on this one.
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    Spongbue, wasn't it snowing in Denver yesterday, it is May there isn't it?
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    That it was. 2 years ago (almost to the day) I moved here. If I drove into that weather that time of year, I probably would have turned around
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    Another thing I have to mention, downtown Denver has a lot of one-way streets, and trust me, it's almost impossible to talk your way out of a ticket.
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