Utah’s tourism industry gathered in late September to learn, network and develop new partnerships. With over 330 in attendance, it was a great chance to renew friendships and make new ones.
Our sponsors and exhibitors help to make the conference a success – thanks to all of them!
Another facet of the tourism conference is UTIA’s silent auction – both donors and bidders help to further UTIA’s legislative agenda. We thank all of them!
2014 UTIA Silent Auction Donors:
Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation
Box Elder County Tourism
Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel
Cache Valley Visitor’s Bureau
Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism Bureau, Crystal Inn and Utah Shakespeare Festival
Deer Valley Resort
Dinosaur River Expeditions,and Uintah County Travel & Tourism
Emery County Travel Bureau/San Rafael Country
Broken Spur Hotel & Restaurant
Grand America Hotel
Historic Parry Lodge, Kanab
Moab Area Travel Council
National Parks Trip Media and Backpacker Magazine
Park City Chamber of Commerce/Tourism Bureau
Park City Grubsteak Restaurant
Park City Historical Society
Park City Jewelers
Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab
Southwestern Expressions, Park City
St. George Area Convention and Tourism Office
Temple Square Hospitality
Texas de Brazil
Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation
Utah Shakespeare Festival
Utah Valley CVB
Visit Salt Lake
Zermatt Resort, Wasatch State Park, Heber Valley Historic Railroad
O-town is getting ready to host the annual Utah Tourism Conference – Sept. 23-25 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center. Check out the website for all info – from detailed agenda to Ogden Discovery Activities.
A new and fresh approach for Utah’s tourism industry is highlighted by the name change of Utah Tourism Industry Coalition (UTIC) to the Utah Tourism Industry Association (UTIA).
Approved by the membership at last week’s meeting in Provo, the name change reflects a growing commitment to fulfilling the mission of speaking with one coordinated, cohesive voice as Utah’s tourism trade association.
UTIA will unveil its new logo in the near future.
The Tourism Works Political Action Committee (PAC) has been developed by UTIC to provide support to pro-tourism legislators and candidates. 2014 is an election year with ½ of the Utah Senate and all of the Utah House up for election. To make a donation, click here to use UTIC’s paypal account. To donate in-kind or services such as room nights, meals, activities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rep. Brad Wilson
It was a team effort on Utah’s Capitol Hill during the 2014 legislative session, and we have so many people and organizations to thank:
- Rep. Brad Wilson and Sen. Scott Jenkins for sponsorship of HB 34
- Governor Gary Herbert
- Legislative Leadership in both the Senate and House:
- President Wayne Niederhauser
Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund
Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams
Senate Majority Asst Whip Peter Knudson
Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis
Senate Minority Whip Karen Mayne
Senate Minority Asst Whip Pat Jones
Senate Minority Caucus Mgr. Luz Robles
- Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart
House Majority Leader Brad Dee
House Majority Whip Greg Hughes
House Majority Asst Whip Don Ipson
House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig
House Minority Whip Tim Cosgrove
House Minority Asst Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck
House Minority Caucus Mgr. Joel Briscoe
We also thank the co-chairs of the Executive Appropriations Committee: Senator Lyle Hillyard and Representative Mel Brown for their continued support, as well as all members of the Utah Legislature.
- Governor’s Office of Economic Development – Spencer Eccles and Sophia DiCaro
- Utah Office of Tourism – Vicki Varela
- UTIC Executive Committee & Board of Directors
- Tourism Industry partners throughout the state, keeping the tourism economic development discussion alive and pertinent at local levels
- Local elected officials: County Commissioners and county council members, Mayors and town council members
Sara, Mayor Mike, Governor Herbert and Vicki
- Tourism Works!
Plan to join your colleagues at UTIC’s annual Tourism Day on the Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City.
8:30 – 10:00 am UTIC quarterly membership meeting in downtown Salt Lake City,
Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Meeting is open to anyone with an
interest in Utah tourism, regardless of UTIC membership status.
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Exhibit set-up in Capitol Rotunda for DMO’s/
UOT/Ski Utah (space is limited and pre-registration required)
12:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch in Capitol Rotunda for tourism industry participants and Utah
Senators and Representatives, sponsored by UTIC. (pre-registration required).
2:00 – 5:00 pm Tourism representatives request brief meetings with legislators (if they have not met during lunch)
Senator Vickers & Roxie talkin’ tourism at TDH
Thanks to Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort for their sponsorship of the Tourism Works PAC Ski Day Fundraiser, and thanks to all of you that supported the event! A great day on the mountain was had by all. Stay tuned for our next event!
Mark is waxing eloquently……!
Seven Summits at Snowbird Center
Bob Bonar, Snowbird’s General Manager on the Tram
Erin taking care of us at Seven Summits
Kym & Mike enjoying breakfast!
Nathan thanking the group
The first skiers to take the new Gad 2 lift!
President Niederhauser on the Tram to the top!
Join your colleagues for a great day of skiing at the Tourism Works PAC Ski Day Fundraiser!
Who: Utah’s tourism industry – bring your staff, bring your Board
When: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
Where: Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Little Cottonwood Canyon
Why: To raise funds for the Tourism Works PAC and to continue to forward the tourism industry’s legislative agenda
Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Little Cottonwood Canyon. Download the snowbird ski day flyer
7:30 am: Early Tram skiers – pick up lift tickets at Seven Summits (Snowbird Center level 2), join Des & Dave for an early Tram (first 25 persons only!)
9 – 10 am: Pastries & beverages in Seven Summits (pick up lift tickets if you don’t take the early Tram)
10 am – 3:30 pm: Ski the “Greatest Snow On Earth®”! Lunch is on your own.
3:30 – 4:30 pm: Après-ski at the Forklift
- $50 per lift ticket
- $100 for early Tram skier