Utah may be jeopardy of losing Outdoor Retailers Show

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  • KDave Moab, UT
    April 27, 2012 8:14 a.m.

    They may change their minds after dealing with the Unions in LV.

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    April 27, 2012 1:56 a.m.

    Glad to see them go...

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    April 26, 2012 8:47 p.m.

    "if you don't like it you can leave." Well it looks like they are leaving.

  • #1 SLC Sports Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 26, 2012 7:16 p.m.

    Denver would be considered a much bigger city and has much bigger venues to host such an event.

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    April 26, 2012 6:30 p.m.

    My son-in-law is an event planner for large organizations, public and private. Salt Lake City is considered a big "little" city, much like Reno, Omaha, El Paso or Riverside California. Residents think it is SLC great, but once you get out of the mountain West, it really doesn't have a good reputation for preferred conferences and conventions. It's considered a secondary, never a primary venue for major events. Sorry folks, reality strikes again...

  • DaveRL OGDEN, UT
    April 26, 2012 5:58 p.m.

    I have worked the event in the past. The problems I hear from attendees 1. lack of hotel rooms in the area, 2. restrictions of displays - last year a group of mimes doing a demo for a sport rack company were shut down because they were scary and offensive??? 3. too many restrictions on out of state attendees who come from more liberal states. No argument Utah is a sport minded state but policies need to change and the city hotels need to increase if the Expo is to stay.

    April 26, 2012 2:24 p.m.

    The expo center is half the size of the salt palace so why do you want to move there and as far as rooms they are in short supply all so. And lets not even get into the enertainment or the change to go clubing with no happy hour or drinks that are not watered down.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    April 26, 2012 1:51 p.m.

    if the salt palace isn't big enough, move all or some of it to the expo center in Sandy, and include a trax pass with admission to link the two

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    April 26, 2012 1:32 p.m.

    Why would anyone want to go to a convention in Utah county? Remember these people coming to this convention might want a beer.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    April 26, 2012 12:17 p.m.

    Perhaps they could split the convention to a couple of different sites that focus on specific types of activities. If rock climbing, for example, was held down in Utah county, the hotels there could logically handle the crowds. While it's not ideal, it certainly makes more sense than having a winter OR expo is Las Vegas or Anaheim.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    April 26, 2012 12:12 p.m.

    Maybe the Outdoor Industry is sick & tired of the current regime & their attitude toward public lands. Ski Link? Take back the Feds to sell off the land? I hope they take it to Denver. The crop of lawmakers in this state are driving business AWAY from Utah. (unless you want to drill & mine).

    April 26, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    Well I guess Utah isn't known for it's outdoor stuff, so why not get rid of it, just like Utah is getting rid of the Dew Tour, because it doesn't snow here, its not like we have the biggest crowds, and some of the best back country stuff in the world. (remember I am being sarcastic)