Cherry Creek Shopping Center -- Denver Tourism Update
WHAT: RMGA MEMBERSHIP MEETING – CHERRY CREEK SHOPPING CENTER – DENVER TOURISM UPDATE -
WHEN: April 10, 2017, 6:00 – 6:45pm – networking, 7:00 – 8:00pm - program. Pat Lee and Dave Dixon of CCSC will introduce representatives of various tourism venues to update us on what is happening in Denver for the 2017 tourism season. Please support RMGA and our tourism partners. And, please, don’t be late!!!!
WHERE: Cherry Creek Shopping Center – 801 Chophouse – next to Restoration Hardware and the Concierge Desk in the new wing.
PROGRAM: Presentation of various tourism venues in Denver with their 2016 programs. Will include: DCPA, Visit Denver, Gray Line, RTD, Denver Botanic Gardens and others.
RMGA Membership Meeting Review
801 Chophouse – Cherry Creek Shopping Center
801 Chophouse offered the membership wine and hors d’oeuvres – all of which were wonderful. The membership met in the entry area of 801 Chophouse – our host was Cristo Charles. Christo and his staff made us feel welcome and were very attentive. The General Manager of Cherry Creek Shopping Center (CCSC), Nick LeMasters, welcomed the group and gave us an update on the newest shops at CCSC and coming stores. Dave Dixon, our usual contact was not available this evening.
We moved to a Board Room where Pat Lee gave a slide show presentation of what’s new at CCSC and what’s coming soon. Shinola – an exclusive accessory store and Odd Molly – Tweens clothing,are the latest additions.
Joanne Lah, Manager of Guest Services supplied information about how the new parking system works and also provided vouchers so that our parking was paid for (by 801 Chophouse). There is complimentary parking available near the Bed, Bath & Beyond store for buses and vans. All parking is paid parking – this change was made to keep the parking lots open for CCSC shoppers. Condominium/apartments in the area have not been built with parking facilities so on-street parking is often not available so the residents have been parking overnight at CCSC.
Coach drop-off and pick-up is now at the Valet Parking area next to Neiman Marcus and California Pizza Kitchen. Pat also mentioned that the 83L bus from downtown comes directly to CCSC.
The Farmer’s Market will be open on Saturday mornings (with free parking until noon) throughout the summer and also on Wednesdays from June through September. The Art Festival will be July 1-3, 2017 this year. These events have been held at CCSC and CC North for many years.
CCSC has 160 shops and CC North has an additional 330 shops – making a total of more than 500 shops and restaurants within a ten-block area.
Cherry Creek Shopping Center contact information:
Pat then introduced Christo and the Manager of 801 Chophouse.
801 Chophouse is headquartered in Denver, they also have restaurants in Omaha and other Midwestern cities.
3000 East 1st Avenue, Denver, CO 80206
Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) – had 1.2 million visitors last year – earning $150 million/year. DCPA has the third highest per capita theater attendance in the US.
Arts Complex – Improv
As is Men are From Mars and First Date
And The Book of Mormon
In the fall – in a theatre in the round will be Macbeth, Zoe’s Perfect Wedding, Native Gardens
Suzanne Yoe, Director of Communications and Cultural Affairs
1101 13th Street, Denver, CO 80204
Denver Museum of Nature & Science – Current exhibition is Vikings. Coming exhibits include Nature’s Amazing Machines
Maura O’Neal – Communications and Media Relations Manager
2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver CO 80205-5798
303.370.6407 or 303.507.6058
Denver Art Museum – Current exhibition is Mi Tierra (contemporary artists explore space). Coming attractions include Shade : Clyfford Still / Mark Bradford (April 9- July 16) and The Western: An Epic in Art and Film (May 21-September 10)
Heidi Weisman, Associate Director of Events and Group Services
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
Denver Botanic Gardens – Also operate The Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, the programs at the Plains Conservation space and Mt. Goliath.
Nicole Vasconi – Administrative Assistant, Marketing and Social Responsibility
909 York Street, Denver, CO 80206
720.865.3714 or 330.329.9387
Denver Zoo – recently featured on Saturday Night Live (SNL). Attendance is more than 1 million visitors/year. Zoo Lights in November, December and January is highly attended.
20 anatomically correct dinosaurs
Jackie Aragon-Berz – Marketing Manager, Denver Zoo
2300 Steele Street, Denver, Co 80205
Gray Line – majority of their business is charter groups – runs tours daily from CCSC
Ilene Kamsler – Community Relations
5855 E. 56th Avenue, Commerce City, CO 80222
303.399.1867 or 303.668.4317
B-Cycle – Non-profit - Currently has 88 stations and 800 bikes
Replacing ½ of their fleet
Adding a second station at 18th and California
Station at 15th and Delgany
Also has maps and directions, shows protected bike lanes
Maps are being updates
Tyler Reeder (no business card)
Visit Denver – Kiosk at Union Station averages 160 visitors/day
Chrystal Ray, Manager , Tourist Information Centers
1575 California Street, Denver, CO 80202-4214
303.892.1505 – main
303.571.9456 or 303.903.8798
RTD – April 22nd – 1 year anniversary of A Line
Gates are either going down 15-30 seconds early or going up 15-30 seconds late
This delay entices drivers to go around the gates rather than wait
Go to 40th & Peoria to change for Union Station or DIA
83L runs every 15 min during prime time, every ½ hr otherwise
$2.60 regular fare, $1.30 for seniors
Bruce Abel – Assistant General Manager, Bus Operations Department
1600 Blake Street, BLK-41, Denver, CO 80202
Denver International Airport – 58.3 million passengers last year – 7.9% growth (Stapleton’s last year had 31 million passengers)
TSA will move to 6th level
Airline counters will move near the Westin
Working on baggage system improvements
Will re-do the shopping restaurant area
Adding more concessions
Adding children’s play area – only major airport w/out play area
Will add better passenger seating in Great Hall
International passenger arrivals are increasing and constitute 4% of traffic
Adding new parking lost at 61st and Pena
$2 for 12 hours
Solar, covered parking
June – Putt-Putt golf
August – Zipline / beer garden
December – Ice rink
Stacey Stegman, Senior Vice President
Denver International Airport
8500 Pena Blvd., 9th Floor, Denver, CO 80249-6340
303.342.2276 or 303.902.7356
-- Nancy Brueggeman
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