Convention hotel could have statewide tourism benefits, Salt Lake County mayor says

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  • MPHS Park City,UT, TX
    Feb. 7, 2014 10:38 p.m.

    Tax's may go up, but the hotel will benefit the state and city in the long run. We will loose many hotel nights if we do not build a nicer bigger hotel right next to the convention center. We have great hotels they are just to far away and when the big conventions here the bus people all over the city. That is not what conventions want to do. Outdoor Retailers has to bring in buses from other states, what does that cause are local companies loosing out on business not OK! Outdoor Retailers has told us they will leave with out a new downtown large hotel built right next to the convention center! We can not afford to loose them because Comic Con will go right along with them!

    It may cost some money out of our pockets now, but the future will be brighter when tourism is increased and bigger convention start coming to salt lake because we would than have the proper rooms nights for them. I wish people who commented on this actually knew about tourism and hospitality.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 11:12 a.m.

    The University of Utah is closing it's very profitable Red Zone Stores because of pressure from the legislature and the Chamber of Commerce claiming that the stores compete with private enterprise. Now along comes this convention hotel getting government money and competing with private hotels. It looks like the legislators support this bill for the convention hotel because a very small percentage of the profits go to support tourism statewide. So, why don't the Red Zone Stores dedicate a very small percentage of their profits to go to support amateur sports programs statewide? I'll bet the politicians would go for it and leave the Red Zone Stores alone.

  • Makid Kearns, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    For all of those thinking that public money is going to the hotel: No public money is going to the hotel. It would go to the publicly controlled meeting space and parking for said space. The hotel will be built and financed with 100% private money.

    For all of the other hoteliers complaining that over 5 years they will collectively lose out on $105 Million. Are any of you willing to replace the $40 Million each year that Outdoor Retailer brings? That would be $200+ Million in 5 years. OR will leave after 2016 if we don't have the hotel under construction. That impact will affect hoteliers more I would think.

    Lastly, the parent company of Outdoor Retailer has already gone on record and it has been reported on that they want to bring more of their conventions to the Salt Lake area but won't until there is a 1000+ room hotel connected to the Salt Palace.

    Their other conventions are roughly the same attendee volume or larger than Outdoor Retailer.

    Just beginning construction will show that organization and others that it is coming and they can start planning meetings 2 or 3 years out to take use of the new hotel and space.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 3:30 a.m.

    Again Rep Lockhart is using common sense and educated response in her judgement that this is a bad idea.

    We the public are borrowing the money to 'give' to the private investors con artist to build this monster project and hope it last long enough to have these investors reimburse/barter/trade pay the tax payers. No private does not mean they use their own money to finance these projects, they conditionally borrow it from the tax payers. Its how all these scams are operated by state and local governments who use soothsayers and Ouija boards to predict the future of a states economy using tax debt to sustain it.

    Existing private hotels and convention specialists have already complained that convention market is dwindling and this hotel will strain their business to compete with government funded competition will be detrimental.

    This year many conventions have declared Utah smog is no longer a destination for conventions and should be motivation to shelf this idea. McAdam is not being very responsible or realistic with this proposal. From all that he has been pushing to spend and expand government control makes him look like someones puppet with their hand in his till.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 9:40 p.m.

    This is why we had our taxes jacked up 16%???!!!

    Don't use my taxes for your crony friends.

    If the hotel is such a sure bet, those hotel tycoons would be breaking the door down to invest that idle cash they have sitting around.

    The tax payers are going to get gouged again.

  • Makid Kearns, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 9:31 p.m.

    Truth -

    You might have missed the part where the hotel is privately built with private money. The money from the government is for the public spaces which will be controlled by the public and not the hotel.

    Think of this as 2 projects, a 1000+ room hotel and an expansion of the Salt Palace Convention Center. They are 2 projects just being completed on the same site. Each project is funded by its own funding. Both projects will just use a single company to construct their projects simultaneously.

    This isn't a hand out or a pay off to private business, no matter how many times people read the facts incorrectly.

  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 9:09 p.m.

    Watch out Utah. Ben McAdams thinks he is relevant!!! When politicians become bigger than the community they serve no one is served. I am noticing him putting up mugshots of himself on all county properties. I think there should be a law against photos of politicians plastered anywhere.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 9:04 p.m.

    If it is such a great need then how come Hilton Marriott or someone who really is in the hotel business is not expanding? Have you ever heard of Obamacare, Mr mayor? Government should never venture into always losses our shirt!