Now in its eighth year, the event brings together a range of airlines, airports and tourism authorities, including some of the largest carriers from North, Central and Latin America. Hosted by Denver International Airport, expected at the event is over 400 aviation professionals, 70 airlines, 200 airports and 25 tourism authorities.
Denver is the largest city and capital of the state of Colorado, with an estimated population of 650,000. The city renowned for having 300 days of sunshine is located at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The mountainous area that surrounds the city is six times the size of Switzerland, containing 2,850 lakes and more than 1,000 peaks two miles high.
10 facts you (probably) didn’t know about Denver
- Denver is nicknamed the Mile High City because it sits at an elevation of exactly one mile, or 5280 feet.
- Denver International Airport is the largest airport in the country in terms of land area. It’s so huge that the four busiest airports in the US (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, O’Hare International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport) could fit into Denver Airport’s 53-square miles of land.
- Denver brews more beer than any other city in the nation, with over 200 different beers brewed daily.
- In Denver’s rarefied air, golf balls go about 10% farther than they would at sea level.
- The 1976 Winter Olympics were originally going to be held in Denver. However, after the community voted against it, the city withdrew their bid, making it the first place to ever turn down hosting the Olympics.
- Denver lays claim to the invention of the cheeseburger.
- Every year, Denver hosts the world’s largest Rodeo, the Western Stock show
- Denver is America’s most highly educated city with the highest percentage of college graduates.
- Denver has the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks in city limits and 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains.
- Led Zeppelin played their first ever American show at the Denver Auditorium Arena on December 26, 1968.