The Colorado Convention Center in Denver celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, VISIT DENVER and the City of Denver will host a brief ceremony on June 12 to recognize members of the Bureau’s Customer Advisory Board (CAB), comprised of some of the most influential convention professionals in the country.
Formed in 2004, the CAB annually provides crucial advice to VISIT DENVER, and has delivered on the mission to help make Denver a premier convention destination and to generate significant economic impact for the community through convention business. Collectively, CAB members represent more than $2 billion worth of convention business to The Mile High City.
Originally opened in June 1990, the SMG-managed Colorado Convention Center sees roughly 1 million people a year enter its doors and is credited with generating more than $500 million in annual economic impact – $4.8 billion since the center was expanded in 2005. The center has also been the catalyst for many of the improvements in downtown Denver, which has more than 3,000 hotel rooms within a block of the center and more than 10,000 within walking distance.
The CU Denver a cappella group, MIX, will sing an original piece created to commemorate the facility’s 25th anniversary. Deputy Mayor Cary Kennedy will present and read a proclamation honoring the anniversary and impact of the center. Also present will be Richard W. Scharf, president and CEO, VISIT DENVER; Rachel Benedick, vice president of sales & services, VISIT DENVER; and John Adams, general manager, Colorado Convention Center/SMG.