The Advisory Group of Denver Inc. supports the destination travel industry, providing advisory and contract project services featuring core competencies in research, strategic planning, economic and market development, and tourism infrastructure. More recently, the Group’s focus and unique expertise have been on tourism-dependent businesses and their public sector representatives in destination-resort communities, seeking to help establish and sustain a balance of lifestyle and economics for all stakeholders' greater good.
Core Competencies: Advisory Group’s unique skill set includes a research-driven, evidence-based approach to tourism infrastructure assessment, strategic market planning, and consulting/advisory services to tourism-dependent businesses, their public service representatives, and destination marketing and management organizations that value research-based processes and structured decision-making.
And, having incubated then launched, operated, and sold several successful businesses himself, Garrison continues to use his experience to help others with new business development and utilizes the Group’s platform to help incubate and launch new business development initiatives for other interested parties.
Brief History: Founded in 1984 and owned/operated by industry veteran Ralf Garrison, the Group has morphed along with the industry it serves, founding several related businesses along the way, including The Mountain Travel Symposium, The Assembly, Destination Summit, Trans-Link Systems, Reservation Technologies, C.R.A.D.R, the Central Reservations Association (aka CRADR, then The Resort Reservation Association) in years gone by. Most recently, Garrison created DestiMetrics, a provider of destination travel market intelligence for dozens of destination resort communities, hundreds of lodging properties, and several thousand users in both mountain and sun resort communities in the United States and Canada.
In 2018, after completing the sale and transition of DestiMetrics to Inntopia/Northstar, Garrison took a sabbatical and had since re-engaged, providing project-based consulting and advisory services with the re-launch of Advisory Group.
Expressions of interest are invited, and services are available on a one-time project-specific basis or a longer-term, more permanent basis. Fees are based on circumstance and the value provided. Satisfaction is guaranteed.