Colorado Governor's Tourism Conference

The Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference is an annual three-day event for tourism professionals and industry leaders to learn and network. Participants assess current activities and find new approaches to market the state, locales, and businesses. Speakers from throughout the country will challenge and inspire attendees. If you would like to host a future Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference, please email Altitude Events.

Save the Date: Gov Con 2023
September 27-September 29
Fort Collins, Colorado

2024 Gov Con RFP: If you are interested in hosting the 2024 Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference, please follow this link to access the RFP. All submissions are due January 11, 2023. If you have any questions regarding the RFP, please contact Deb Brannon at



Type: Conference

For: Tourism professionals

Date: September 27-29, 2023

OEDIT division: Colorado Tourism Office

Registration will open next summer. Subscribe to our Tourism Tuesday newsletter for more updates.

Sponsor opportunities to come in Spring 2023

The Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Colorado Tourism Efforts honor individuals and organizations and recognizes excellence in the Colorado tourism industry. For more information about how to submit a nomination, please visit the Awards page

This year's award categories are as follows:

Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative

  • Recognizes an activity, event, or project by a community or region to promote tourism in Colorado.

Governor’s Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution

  • Recognizes an individual that has been in the tourism industry for more than five years for their contributions to promoting and developing the Colorado tourism industry.

NEW in 2022 - Governor’s Award for Rising Tourism Star

  • Recognizes an individual who is new to the tourism industry – within the last five years – and has shown leadership, commitment and a passion for Colorado’s tourism industry.

Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Marketing Program

  • Recognizes a Colorado organization for either a single targeted promotion or a full campaign to recognize creativity and excellence in promoting tourism.

Governor’s Award for Outstanding Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Project, or Program

  • Recognizes an activity, event, project, or program that promotes responsible and sustainable tourism practices that reduce the impact on natural resources in Colorado.

Jack Snow Award for Outstanding Volunteer

  • Recognizes an individual who has volunteered their time by promoting Colorado and provides exemplary customer service.

The Colorado Tourism Office offers two scholarships to help tourism professionals and students offset the cost of attending the conference for the first time.

The Colorado Governor's Tourism Conference Professional Scholarship is available for first time conference attendees, and covers conference registration and up to $350 in reimbursement for lodging and mileage expenses.

The Colorado Governor's Tourism Conference Student Sponsorship is available for university student, first time attendees. The sponsorship covers conference registration and hotel. 

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