Gov. Norm Bangerter, Salt Lake Mayor Palmer DePaulis and Thomas K. Welch, president of the 1998 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee, will be honored by the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau with a Tourism Achievement Award.
The awards will be presented during the bureau's annual meeting Wednesday, Jan. 30, at noon in the Salt Palace.Richard E. Davis, bureau president, said the three will be honored for their work on the bid to bring the 1998 Winter Games to Utah. "These three have been untiring in their campaign to secure the Olympic bid and we already have seen the enormous impact this had had in marketing Salt Lake as a winter sports capital," he said.
Davis said hundreds of people have spent thousands of hours in attempting to get the bid and the three men were selected to represent them all. The U.S. Olympic Committee has selected Salt Lake City as its choice for the 1998 Winter Games, but the next task is to convince the International Olympic Committee to select Salt Lake City in June in Birmingham, England.
The bureau has successfully used the "American's Choice " designation to increase the number of ski groups coming to Utah and in preparing convention bids to sports-related organizations. He said the Olympic Games bid has resulted in plenty of recognition for the state.
In addition to the three tourism awards, 18 people will be honored by the bureau for helping bring conventions to the state.