The Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau needs $75,000 from private industry to help promote the National Tour Association convention in Salt Lake City Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 1989.
That word came Tuesday from Rick Davis, bureau president, to the Board of Governors of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce when he updated the group on the impact the convention will have on the area.In addition to the 3,000 convention delegates, there will be 700 group tour operators and they will spend $3.5 million, Davis said.
Davis said his bureau will spend $75,000 to host the convention and the Utah Division of Travel Development will put in an equal amount, leaving $75,000 to be raised from private industry to cover the $225,000 budget.
The majority of the people who take group tours are between 50 and 70 years old and that age group continues to increase in size, Davis said. Last year, 1,000 group tours came through Utah and that had a large impact on the economy.
Davis said his bureau employees will go to Kansas City later this year to the NTA convention and attempt to convince thousands of people to attend the convention in Salt Lake City next year.
Saying that two major conventions have canceled their plans to visit Salt Lake City in a few years because of a lack of exhibit space, Davis is pushing for an expanded Salt Palace - an idea being considered by a committee.
And because local hotels are making an occupancy comeback, Davis predicts that within five years a major hotel chain will build a large hotel in Salt Lake City that can serve as a convention headquarters. He said some local hotels have 500 rooms, but some conventions need more than 2,000 rooms in one location.