Outdoor Leader Hopeful Gear Show Can Stay in Utah

Published on August 07, 2014 at 12:44PM

The president of the Outdoor Industry Association says he’s hopeful a biannual outdoor retail gear show will stay in Salt Lake City long term now that the state is pushing for a new convention center hotel. Frank Hugelmeyer told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he was very pleased that the Utah legislature approved a $75 million tax incentive for the building of an 800-1000 room hotel near the convention center. Hugelmeyer said a lack of hotel rooms near the convention center is the main impediment to the show committing to Utah beyond 2016. Hugelmeyer spoke during the opening day of the summer retail show that runs through Saturday at the Salt Palace Convention Center. About 25,000 attendees are expected. The show has been held in Utah since 1996.