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Salt Lake City — An estimated 22,000 manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to the outdoor industry are expected to visit Utah this week, generating more than $20 million in direct delegate spending to Salt Lake and the state of Utah. The Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2014 expo runs Jan. 22 through Jan. 25 at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center. The All Mountain Demo was held at Solitude Mountain Resort Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Since moving the Summer and Winter Markets to Salt Lake in 1996, direct delegate spending by Outdoor Retailer attendees has totaled more than $468 million, accounting for nearly $43.6 million in city, county and state taxes.
“Salt Lake is the ideal location for the Outdoor Retailer conventions; our mountains are close and our city is vibrant,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. “Convention-goers benefit our local economy when they eat in our restaurants, ski at our resorts, and shop in our stores.
"The manufacturers, retailers and suppliers attending OR understand the ethos of Salt Lake,” said Scott Beck, president and CEO of Visit Salt Lake. “This show fits Salt Lake and all it represents, and we appreciate everything it adds to our community."
“I know I speak on behalf of our entire community in lauding and celebrating our biannual opportunity to host the Outdoor Retailer gathering in Salt Lake City,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker.
Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) recently released “The Outdoor Recreation Economy,” a report showing that outdoor recreation is a major economic driver in the United States — and one that has grown throughout the recession.