Utah Tourism Conference a smashing success!


Utah’s tourism industry gathered in St. George, May 14-16 for the annual Utah Tourism Conference.  With over 260 folks attending, it was an event filled with productive organization meetings, great general sessions and break-outs.  We thank our great partners, the Utah Office of Tourism for their support and assistance in co-sponsoring the conference.
marian-&-saraWe thank our outgoing UTIC President, Marian DeLay for her service to UTIC, and Sara Toliver as the Conference Committee Chair – both these women were a huge part of making the conference a success!  We also thank and express our appreciation to the conference sponsors and exhibitors – their support is vital to a great meeting!
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dave-&-florian Dave & Florian hamming it up at the opening reception

 

gael-&-dana-at-reg Registration fun with Gael & Dana!

 

barbara-&-mikeBarbara & Mike at the opening reception

 


uadmo-mtgJoan starting off the UADMO meeting

 


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UTIC’s fantastic volunteer Silent Auction Committee – Nancy, Joan & Monica

 

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Utah’s Scenic Byway Committee meeting with Gael, Marian, Joel, Vicki and Jay

St. George, here we come!

The Utah Tourism Conference is just around the corner – May 14-16 in St. George, have you registered?

Updated Agenda:  Click on the Updated Utah Tourism Conference Agenda to review the updated agenda with additional information on general and breakout sessions and round-tables.  The Utah Tourism Conference Committee has worked very diligently to provide a great series of sessions.

Registration:

Registration fee is $175 per person and decreases to $150 per person for two or more representatives from the same company.  Click here to register.

If you are interested in a sponsorship or in an exhibit, please contact info@utahtourism.org for additional information.

Accommodations:

We have secured rooms at two properties.  Please contact the property directly and be sure to ask for the special Utah Tourism Conference rate:

Fairfield Inn by Marriott
1660 S. Convention Center Drive
St. George, UT  84790
Phone: 435-673-6066
Rates:  $95 plus taxes per night

Hilton Garden Inn St. George
1731 South Convention Center Drive
Saint George, Utah
USA 84790
Phone: 435-634-4100 or link to the Utah Tourism Conference reservation site for the Hilton Garden Inn
Rates: $96 plus taxes per night

UTIC Silent Auction:

The third annual UTIC Silent Auction will be held in conjunction with the Utah Tourism Conference, May 14-16 at the Dixie Center in St. George.  All proceeds from the silent auction will be dedicated to furthering UTIC’s legislative agenda.  Donations of vacation packages, accommodations, meals, activities, tickets to events, lift tickets are welcome.  If your organization has items (amenities) or “schwag” that you provide to fam tour participants, those are also welcome as donations!  Donors will be listed in the conference program, as well as listed on the UTIC website.  Send an e-mail with a description of the donation to:  info@utahtourism.org

Post-Conference Activities:

Thursday, May 16 and weekend activities-

Outdoor Utah will host adventure activities in conjunction with the annual Tourism Conference in St. George. Hikes and the exciting sport of canyoneering are planned for Monday 5/13 prior to the conference and Friday 5/17 the day following the conclusion.  Advance reservations for either or both days are required, all necessary gear is provided (bring your own day pack and footwear) and no experience is necessary.  Professional guide services will lead the adventures.  If you choose canyoneering, once you’ve been on rappel, you’re hooked for life on this adrenaline pumping experience!  To make reservations, please contact Monique Beeley (mo@OutdoorUtah.com) or Red (Red@OutdoorUtah.com)  with your preference, hiking or canyoneering and day.

Golf

3 foursomes set aside under UTAH TOURISM CONFERENCE at Coral Canyon beginning at 4 pm on Thursday.  $30 per player – includes cart and all the golf you want to play until dark!

Call Coral Canyon Pro Shop (435) 688-1700 to put your name on one of the tee times.

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Sunset Jeep Tour-  Tours depart at 6:30 pm from Majestic View Lodge

Reserve a spot by calling Zion Outback Safaris (866) 946-6494

Mention the Utah Tourism Conference to receive a 10% discount

These tours will sell out in May.  If you are interested in a Jeep tour, please make reservations now.

Gallery Stroll-

The St. George Area Convention & Tourism Office will provide a list of participating galleries in the area with a coupon book for a sampling of local treats.  The galleries are open until 7:00 pm.

Zion Giant Screen Theater-

Zion Canyon Treasure of the Gods. Stretching across time and seasons, Treasure of the Gods helps visitors explore the hidden depths, and the legends of Zion National Park and the great southwest.

Ticket Prices: $8.00 Adults, $6.00 Children & Seniors – Tickets are available at the door

Showing: 3pm, 4pm, & 5pm

For those folks staying in the Zion area for the weekend-

“I’ve Got The Music In Me” at Bumbleberry Theater in Springdale.  Mention Utah Tourism Conference and get a $17.50 ticket for $15.   Show times are Friday evening at 7, Saturday at 2 and 7 pm.  http://www.thebumbleberrytheatre.com

Southwest Symphony to perform at the Tanner Amphitheater Saturday, May 18th at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are available at the door for $10.00.   http://www.dixie.edu/tanner/

 

 

 

Registration open for Utah Tourism Conference, May 14-16 in St. George

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Register now for the 2013 Utah Tourism Conference (co-sponsored by the Utah Tourism Industry Coalition and the Utah Office of Tourism), May 14-16, 2013 at the Dixie Center in St. George, Utah, click on the link:  Registration

This annual two-day gathering of the Utah tourism industry is a great opportunity for colleagues to network with peers, discuss key issues, share best practices, and learn new trends and technologies from the best in the industry.

Keynote presentation and workshop topics include: customer service, social media, a legislative update, cooperative marketing, local media opportunities, international tourism, advertising ideas, leadership skills, recreation trails, and individualized round-tables focused on you.  Click here : Agenda Utah Tourism Conference 2013 v1  to download the latest agenda.  Click here for information on the  2013 Best Ideas Contest Entry Form  and here for the 2013 Hall of Fame Nomination Form.

The third annual UTIC Silent Auction will be held in conjunction with the Utah Tourism Conference, May 14-16 at the Dixie Center in St. George.  All proceeds from the silent auction will be dedicated to furthering UTIC’s legislative agenda.  Donations of vacation packages, accommodations, meals, activities, tickets to events, lift tickets are welcome.  If your organization has items (amenities) or “schwag” that you provide to fam tour participants, those are also welcome as donations!  Donors will be listed in the conference program, as well as listed on the UTIC website.  Send an e-mail with a description of the donation to:  info@utahtourism.org

Accommodations:

We have secured rooms at two properties.  Please contact the property directly and be sure to ask for the special Utah Tourism Conference rate:

Fairfield Inn by Marriott
1660 S. Convention Center Drive
St. George, UT  84790
Phone: 435-673-6066
Rates:  $95 plus taxes per night

Hilton Garden Inn St. George
1731 South Convention Center Drive
Saint George, Utah
USA 84790
Phone: 435-634-4100 or link to the Utah Tourism Conference reservation site for the Hilton Garden Inn
Rates: $96 plus taxes per night

Registration:

Registration fee is $175 per person and decreases to $150 per person for two or more representatives from the same company.  Click here to register.
If you are interested in a sponsorship or in an exhibit, please contact info@utahtourism.org for additional information.

Tourism Day on the Hill

UTIC”s 7th Annual Tourism Day on the Hill was held on Wed. Feb. 13 and was a huge success!  With nearly 300 participants, including tourism organizations and businesses meeting with their Senators & Representatives.

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Carlene & President Neiderhauser  at TDH

 

The Top of Utah contingent at TDH

The Top of Utah contingent at TDH

 

Senator Vickers & Roxie talkin' tourism at TDH

Senator Vickers & Roxie talkin’ tourism at TDH

 

Wayne County Travel Council's Nycole & Mike enjoying TDH

Wayne County Travel Council’s Nycole & Mike enjoying TDH

Utah Tourism Day On The Hill – Wed. Feb. 13

Join your colleagues at one of the tourism industry’s most important events – Tourism Day on the Hill. On Wednesday Feb. 13, representatives from all over Utah and from all different facets of the tourism industry (accommodations, ski resorts, restaurants, destination marketing organizations/county travel councils, attractions, guides & outfitters, events & festivals,retailers, media) and our partners – elected officials (county commissions, mayors and town/city councils) will gather to show support for tourism economic development with our state legislators and state government officials.

Registration is on-line, click here.  

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Ski Day Tourism Works PAC Fundraiser Jan. 9 at Canyons Resort!

Join your friends & colleagues at this Tourism Works PAC fundraiser.  UTIC will invite legislators and other business lobbyists to participate in this first-ever Tourism Works PAC fundraiser.  Space is limited, so register now!

UTIC has formed the Tourism Works Political Action Committee (PAC) to help forward the tourism industry’s agenda in the political arena.  Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Canyons Resort, all proceeds from these lift ticket sales will be dedicated to the Tourism Works PAC.  Show your support for UTIC and the Tourism Works PAC by participating in this fundraiser at Canyons Resort in Park City.

Individual tickets are $50 per person

Organizations interested in a sponsorship please contact Nan Anderson at info@utahtourism.org

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at Canyons Resort in Park City
4000 Canyons Resort Drive
9 am – pick up lift tickets at Grand Summit Hotel
10 – 4 pm ski the greatest snow on earth!  Lunch is on your own.
11-1 pm – race course open – ski your best time!
3:30 pm – après-ski at Red Tail Restaurant in Grand Summit Hotel

Register on-line

Utah ready for winter!

With elections over, and the infamous Utah powder in abundance, Utah’s tourism industry is poised to welcome visitors to experience the “Greatest Snow on Earth!”

From north to south, east to west, Utah is a winter wonderland and has a cold-weather activity for everyone.  Don’t forget Utah’s cultural offerings shine in the winter months!

UTIC is looking forward to working with Utah’s legislature in the upcoming session.  We congratulate the winners, and thank everyone that ran for elective office.  We appreciate the service of all Utah elected officials – at the local, county, state and federal levels.

Nathan on the floor of the Utah Senate


 

Vote Travel!

November 6 is Election Day

Why Should You Vote?

Vote Travel

More Jobs = A Stronger Workforce

America’s travel industry supports over 14 million jobs. This amounts to 1 in every 8 jobs here in the United States, and an estimated $1.9 trillion in economic activity.

More Trade = A More Robust Economy

Travel is America’s largest services export industry, generating $153 billion in exports and $110 billion in imports, and amounting to a travel trade surplus of $43 billion.

Easing Travel = Connecting Families

We travel for many reasons, but often it’s for family: making it home from a business trip, visiting a loved one, joining reunions, vacations, the annual holidays. Our travel system should help—not hamper—Americans coming together.

More Visitors = More Local Business

International travelers come to the U.S. to shop, eat, and tour the country, injecting billions into our local economies. But in the last 10 years, America’s share of global travelers dropped 30%, largely because our travel/visa systems are so cumbersome. Recapturing these travelers—and the business they bring to the United States—would produce a million jobs by 2020 and generate $859 billion in economic activity.

Global > Local … How Travel Affects You

From California to Maine, the Carolinas to the Dakotas, the travel industry supports local

jobs and brings billions to local businesses and communities.

Learn why travel benefits Utah at:

http://votetravel.org/benefits-of-travel/

When, Where, and How to Vote

Make your vote count! Find out your polling location, its hours, ID requirements, and more with a one-stop visit to: http://www.vote411.org/

Here Are 5 Things YOU Should Ask Candidates Before Voting

DO YOU SUPPORT…

1. CREATING Jobs?
The travel industry supports 1 in every 8 American jobs. Not just that, it’s an engine for job growth: just last year the travel industry added 119,000 jobs to the economy. More travel means more well-paying jobs for more Americans!

2. EASING Travel for Americans and Families?
Whether you’re traveling for vacation, business, or the holidays, no one likes to get snarled down by hassles and delays. From streamlining airport security to decreasing wait times, there are many ways to make travel easier for all Americans.

3. MOVING Businesses Forward?
Conferences, conventions, trade shows, and corporate meetings are all integral parts of doing business in America. Every dollar invested in business travel delivers nearly $4 in profits. It also supports 2.1 million jobs and generates $36 billion in tax revenue annually.

4. LOWERING Energy Costs?
Volatile gas prices discourage travel, hamper business, and slow economic growth.  Lowering gas prices will make travel more affordable and accessible to Americans.

5. WELCOMING More Tourists to the United States?
International tourists generate billions of dollars for our businesses, hotels, restaurants and communities. But because it is so difficult to actually get here, America’s economy is losing out on billions of dollars of travel-related spending—a good form of economic stimulus. From Washington DC, to our states, to our local towns, the benefits of travel trickle down. Politicians at all levels can and should be our advocates.

Contact Your Elected Officials VOICE your opinion. WRITE an e-mail. FIND OUT what your representatives think.

LEARN more about casting YOUR VOTE for TRAVEL by texting the word “Vote” to 877877 on your phone or visiting online at:  http://votetravel.org/take-action/

 For more information on candidates for Utah offices, see:  vote.utah.gov

Fall into Utah!

Fall is here, and it’s the perfect time to visit all areas of the state, from Vernal to Wendover, from Tremonton to Escalante to St. George.  Be sure to stop at a welcome center and get the latest up-to-date information.

Welcome centers are often the first point-of-contact for Utah’s visitors; they play an integral role in helping our guests to extend their stay and to enjoy their time in our state to the fullest!


Escalante Visitor Center

Vernal’s pink dino welcomes you!