Three people have been elected to the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau board of trustees, according to R. Thayne Robson, chairman.
They are Andrew Gallegos, director of the Impact Minority Business Development Center; Lawrence Lee, a consultant at Delta Air Lines Inc.; and Randy Montgomery, executive director of Ski Utah Inc. Richard E. Davis, bureau president, said 1990 was a record year for the organization and that 80,000 room-nights have been booked already in the first quarter of 1991. He also received the news that because Salt Palace renovation is moving forward, the bureau can start booking larger conventions for the Salt Palace for the fall of 1993.Davis said the tourism business in Utah increased during 1990, mainly because of the ski business. Davis said Utah ski resorts benefited from the misfortune of other ski areas that had poor snow. Also, the fact that Salt Lake City has been named to bid for the 1998 Winter Olympics has helped the local ski industry.
He also has contacted County Auditor Craig Sorensen, who recently said the convention bureau had inflated its figures on the economic impact of convention visitors. Davis said the bureau uses figures supplied by several national organizations to compute the economic impact.
In response to a suggestion by Sorensen that the bureau increase its dues, Davis said dues won't be significantly increased, but he prefers a merchandising and advertising program to raise additional revenue.