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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Outdoor Retailer Show Brings Thousands To Salt Lake City

The Outdoor Retailer Winter Market expo runs tomorrow through Saturday at the Salt Palace Convention Center. It is not a public show, but it is a huge event that brings crowds to downtown Salt Lake City.

People need to be aware that streets will be congested, buses and trains will be full and parking will be impossible in the area around the Salt Palace.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is the keynote speaker.

The Deseret News has this article about the expo. Below are excerpts.

An estimated 22,000 manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to the outdoor industry will descend on Utah this week for the annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2014 expo that runs Wednesday through Saturday at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

The winter market — the second-largest convention in the state behind only the Outdoor Retailer summer event — generates more than $20 million in direct spending for Salt Lake City and the state of Utah, according to Visit Salt Lake, the city's visitors and convention bureau.

"What makes being here special is that the people of this state live and breathe outdoor recreation, which resonates so well with the industry audience,” said Kenji Haroutunian, Outdoor Retailer show director and vice president of Emerald Expositions, which puts on the event.

The Outdoor Industry Association 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.

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