Comments about ‘Outdoor Retailer show to bring gobs of money and visitors to Utah’

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Published: Monday, Aug. 1 2011 6:44 p.m. MDT

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Floyd Johnson
Broken Arrow, OK

I am always skepticle of "direct financial impact" figures. It is easy to estimate how much each individual will spend to attend the event; however, a significant amount of that money does not end up at the location of the event. Airplane tickets, for example, make up a significant portion of that figure. Those monies go to national airlines rather than locally owned companies. The same is true with hotels, restaurants, and car rentals. People don't come to a convention and stay in a locally owned bed and breakfast, they stay at the Hilton and eat at the national restaurants they are familiar with. Participants frequent bars and ride taxis, but the profits of fuel and alcohol production go out of state. Hosting conventions does bring money into the economy, and are an excellent stimulant to the local economy and (sales tax revenues), just not as significant as the "direct financial impact" numbers would suggest.

OnlyInUtah
Cottonwood Heights, UT

RE: Floyd "Hosting conventions does bring money into the economy"

You're forgetting that those national restaurants pay local wages and taxes within the state. Without hosting conventions those people would be without jobs. The employees of those businesses go out and spend their wages again and again within the city and state.

You can be skeptical of anything you want, but these conventions bring in millions and help local economies with jobs that wouldn't overwise be there.

county mom
Monroe, UT

Local wages are usually minimum wages. All the out door friendly hiking, biking, sking, and camping do not bring in good family supporting jobs, these activities just produce minimum wage jobs. Waitress, hotel staff, cleaning and sweeping, changing tires, washing cars, fixing broken bikes, selling hiking boots, etc. It is all low wage poor income jobs.

Chickenchaser
Centralia, WA

County Mom. So we discontinue these promotions in favor of our kids staying inside playing video and other techy games that are immobilizing our kids with one of the byproducts being a surge in diabetes.??

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