Organizers work to make 2012 Outdoor Retailers show bigger, better

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  • Makid Kearns, UT
    July 31, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    DN Subscriber -

    The County wouldn't be in the hotel business. They would build the parking structure, which would be used by the public. They would also expand the convention center. The hotel itself would be built with private money.

    As has been reported in the past, there are 2 developers that want to build 1000+ room hotels for the convention center. They are only requesting that the County pay for the parking which would be for public use.

    These parking garages would cost between $20 Million and $50 Million. These parking structures would be public in nature.

    Unfortunately, there are some that think that paying for parking means that the County is getting into the hotel business. This however is not the case. They are in the public business and public parking is within that per-view.

    Private developers see the profit to be made with the hotels. However, they don't see the profit in building and operating a parking garage for the public however.

    This is why a public/private partnership has been requested for the hotels.

    Btw, if I had money to build the hotels, I wouldn't want to pay for public parking just private.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 31, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    People are always eager to spend other people's money.

    So, in that spirit of benevolence, I invite Makid above to get a bunch of his friends together to invest THEIR money making the huge investments in "1 or 2 1,000+ room hotels" and buying up downtown real estate to expand the Salt Palace. Since that is such an obviously profitable good idea, I am sure he would be filthy rich in under five years (three years for the hotels!).

    I won't even ask for a share of his projected "profits" from his idea.

    However, the taxpayers should not be in the hotel business ever, at all, under any circumstances. Nor should they be stuck with expansion of a convention center beyond its useful capacity to satisfy a single customer.

    And, I predict that this year, just like last year and every year I can remember, the Outdoor Retailers will whine about the size and type of facilities and threaten to go elsewhere if other people do not pay for their desires.

    Well, I'd like some free skis and a new bike and camping gear, even though I don't want to pay for it.

  • Makid Kearns, UT
    July 31, 2012 8:06 a.m.

    The show brings in $40 Million a year and to keep them all we need to do is spend less than 3 years worth of revenue from the shows?

    Why is this a problem for people. The show would pay for anything that is needed with the revenue it brings to the state. If the County built the hotel directly, it would be less than 3 years to repay the cost. Increase the size of the Salt Palace - 4 to 5 years to repay the costs. As the show grows, the revenue that is received also grows.

    This is a big deal and some people will just say that government shouldn't compete with business. Well, they already compete with business for convention space and it brings in $40 Million a year in revenue. If we get with a business partner to build 1 or 2 1000+ room hotels, the costs would be less than 3 years worth of revenue, the business sector would build and operate the hotels and revenue would increase again from increased rooms for convention participants.

    We are at a decision point. Keep/grow the $40 Million a year, or lose it because we are scared.