Are the vast and lucrative Outdoor Retailer trade shows coming back to Utah’s Salt Lake City?
A report said that Denver took the contract to host the events from Utah’s control four years ago amid raging national tensions regarding federal land use issues.
However, some exhibitors who have been around for a long time say that the Mile High City is too costly and does not have easy access to nature as Denver‘s agreement with the show’s proprietor Emerald Expositions nears its expiration date.
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox makes his pitch to bring the Outdoor Retailer events back to Utah in his recorded remarks. The twice-a-year, massive events left Utah for Denver in 2017. However, the Mile High City deal was scheduled to expire by the end of 2022. Salt Lake City is back looking for the outdoor trade shows, which bring an impressive economic gain.
The representatives of Visit Salt Lake said they could not provide specifics or reports regarding the new initiative to bring the festival back to Utah. However, they did confirm that conversations regarding the matter are ongoing.
Outdoor Retailer Senior Vice President and Show Director Marisa Nicholson said that the new contract for the host would likely be announced by the close of the year.
The organization was able to evaluate the views of its members in the process of choosing whether trade shows should relocate or stay in Denver. She said Salt Lake City is in contention alongside a trio of different candidates, along with Denver.