by Elise Schoening | March 23, 2020

Millions flock to Colorado each winter for pristine skiing conditions. But the Centennial State serves as a top-tier meetings destination any time of year. In the warmer months, groups can take advantage of outdoor activities such as white-water rafting, paragliding and heading out on ATVs. What's more, a plan to expand the Colorado Convention Center is in the works and a multibillion-dollar renovation of the Denver Airport is underway.

While a completion date has yet to be set for the convention facility's expansion, plans call for an additional 80,000 square feet of meetings and ballroom space, and 100,000 square feet of prefunction space, including a 50,000-square-foot outdoor terrace. Technology and WiFi improvements are also in the blueprints.

Outside the city center, the Denver International Airport is getting a refresh of its own. The Great Hall Project will bring updates to the main Jeppesen Terminal, including consolidated ticket counters, a new TSA-screening experience with technology enhancements to improve security, an international welcome area, and a Level 5 south entrance. In February, the Denver City Council approved a general contract with Hensel Phelps Construction to complete Phase I of the project. Work was expected to resume in March after a series of delays.

In other transportation news, Southwest Airlines plans to add 16 new gates and a number of new flights to Denver International Airport. The news comes one month after United Airlines signed a deal to open 24 more gates.

Also coming to Colorado is a new outpost of Hello! Destination Management. The company is opening its eleventh office, in Denver, which will specialize in destination management.

Read about all the latest updates, plus venue details and group-activity ideas, at Northstar Meetings Group's Colorado Destination Guide.