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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Tokyo To Salt Lake Flight Expected To Bring More Tour Groups

Delta Air Lines has resumed five-days-a-week flights between Salt Lake City International Airport and Tokyo’s Narita Airport, and Utah tourism officials hope tour companies will use the flights to bring more groups to Utah.

Utah officials have been in Los Angeles this week pitching the state to tour operators. They have also been touting Utah location to TV and movie production companies.

The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about the trip. Below are excerpts.

One prong targeted tour operators who bring bus-sized groups to the United States, many from Asia.

“This market is extremely important to the year-round health of the lodging industry. International visitation sustains us, so having this flight re-launched is great for business in Utah,” said Lance Syrett, general manager of Ruby’s Inn near Bryce Canyon National Park, in a news release from the Utah Office of Tourism.

The Tourism Office’s promotion was reinforced by Spencer Eccles, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, who also helped lead a state effort to impress the motion picture industry.

Eccles supported Utah Film Commission members who were touting new incentives that the state’s Motion Picture Incentive Programs offer to encourage film companies to shoot movies, television shows and commercials in the Beehive State.

“This event lets Hollywood know — studio executives, independent producers and decision makers — that our locations can’t be beat, and that filming in Utah is now even more competitive. We want Utah to always be on their short lists,” said Film Commission Chairman Marshall Moore, adding that more than 800 skilled crew members live in the state, whose colleges and universities also offer degrees in film and digital media.

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