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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Outdoor Retailers Show Will Bring Crowds To SLC

The annual Summer Outdoor Retailers trade show will be held in downtown Salt Lake City this week, running Thursday through Sunday. It always brings crowds to downtown. This year attendance is expected to hit record levels.

The event is held in the Salt Palace Convention Center, and the surrounding area. Traffic in that area will be heavier than usual and parking spots will be hard to find. People are encouraged to use mass transit to get downtown.

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

An improved economy and strong sales are driving attendance at the annual Outdoor Retailer Summer Market convention in Salt Lake City to a record 25,000 people, show officials said Friday.

The annual gathering is the Salt Lake area’s largest convention — a showcase for makers of outdoor gear and services to get together with retailers to preview new products and place orders.

"We have hit a landmark in pre-registrations for retailers with 10,000," he (Kenji Haroutunian) said. "We’ve never hit the 10,000 number before."

But Horoutunian pointed out that the growth has been so great that the show this year is setting up a big outdoor facility in a parking lot near the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City that will accommodate 200 exhibitors.

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