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SALT LAKE CITY (March 19, 2018)—Organizers of Winter Sports Market (WSM) and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) today announced a new three-year partnership that will bring the longest continuously running trade show for specialty winter sports retailers in the United States to Salt Lake City, Ut...more
February 12, 2018. Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake is buzzing with a dynamic coffee culture that’s been on an upward swing for the past few years. From nitro-poured cold-brewed coffee to siphon coffee makers that seem as much alchemy as science, downtown Salt Lake has become nationally known as the place where bean...more
Salt Lake City - Feb. 7, 2018 – AC Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown is proud to announce the expected April 2018 opening of Salt Lake City’s first AC Hotel by Marriott on the corner of 2nd & 2nd (225 West 200 South) downtown. With an ideal corner location across from the Salt Palace Convention Center, the 164-room AC...more
Salt Lake City—In a true example of the American dream, the Nguyen family – Vietnamese immigrants in Salt Lake City since 1992 and owners of Sapa Investment Group – is set to create the City’s first Food Alley. The family opened up the first Pho restaurant in Salt Lake City and now owns five different businesses t...more
Salt Lake City, January 22, 2018 — Salt Lake’s vibrant dining and nightlife scene got a lot more interesting in the past six months with five new openings. They range from casual boites with excellent chefs at the helm to hipster havens that are perfect for après ski, before a show at the Eccles Center or after a ...more
December 11, 2017 (Salt Lake City) – As ground zero for Utah skiers and snowboarders, Salt Lake offers something no other winter destination can match: a roster of world-class performing arts venues and a collection of nationally recognized museums. It’s easy to spend a day in Utah’s famed powder and then catch Ha...more
WEST JORDAN, Utah – November 14, 2017 – Salt Lake County announced a new 10-year partnership with Mountain America Credit Union. As part of the naming rights agreement, as negotiated by Salt Lake County contractor, Superlative, South Towne Expo Center will be marketed as Mountain America Expo Center starting Janua...more
October 2, 2017. Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake has earned the Ski City moniker because it is the ideal winter basecamp for skiers and snowboarders. Four of the greatest winter resorts in the world -- Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude – lie less than 40 minutes from Utah’s capital city, with its hotels, restau...more
SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 12, 2017) – In an unprecedented approach to gain international sustainability certification from the Events Industry Council, five Salt Lake entities applied for and concurrently received APEX/ASTM Level 1 Certification in a collaborative effort spearheaded by SMG, the management company of t...more
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Aug. 24, 2017)— The Grand America, Salt Lake City’s largest convention hotel, is saving 2.6 million kilowatt-hours of energy a year, thanks to a recently-completed project aimed at cutting back on energy demand....more
SALT LAKE CITY (August 21, 2017) – To ensure the long-term vitality and success of Salt Lake’s visitor economy, Visit Salt Lake is launching Blueprint Salt Lake, a collaborative action plan that explores how the destination and its quality of life narrative can evolve into a catalyst for innovation, investment and...more
Salt Lake City (Aug. 9, 2017) -- Clay Partain, director of sports market sales at Visit Salt Lake, was recognized as an industry leader in Connect Sports magazine’s “Game Changers” feature in the fall 2017 issue. Connect Sports is a national, B2B magazine that provides resources and ideas to professionals and plan...more
July 10, 2017. Salt Lake City, UT – Surrounded by nature, Salt Lake has one of the liveliest biking and hiking scenes of any city in the country. Just minutes from downtown, you can find yourself on a hike, riding a road bike or having a mountain bike adventure. When you’re done, it’s easy to roll back into downto...more
SALT LAKE CITY (May 2017) –The Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass puts 13 of Salt Lake’s most popular urban and mountain adventures in the palm of your hand, as cutting-edge technology allows users to purchase, share and redeem their Connect Pass from the convenience of their smartphone. And, by bundling some of the are...more
May 16, 2017. Salt Lake City – Salt Lake is making it easier than ever for families planning to travel to Utah this summer. The Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass is an all-in-one ticket to Salt Lake’s most popular attractions at a single discounted price, saving visitors between 50 and 80 percent on regular admission p...more
SALT LAKE CITY (April 25, 2017) – According to two of Visit Salt Lake’s key economic indicators, the first quarter of 2017 shows Salt Lake is off to a strong start in terms of hotel room nights and Super Pass sales, Visit Salt Lake’s lift ticket program tailored to destination skiers and snowboarders and administe...more
SALT LAKE CITY (February 8, 2017) – Fifteen years ago today, the world’s eyes turned to Salt Lake when the region hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. Utah not only became the winter sports capital of the world during the 17-day run as host of the XIX Olympic Winter Games, but the city of Salt Lake was forever changed...more
January 23, 2017, Salt Lake City – Salt Lake’s increasingly lively nightlife scene not only keeps visitors out late but invites them to explore some of the city’s best late-night eateries. Whether it’s an event at the new Eccles Theater, a Utah Jazz game or just a case of the post-bar munchies, Salt Lake can handl...more
November 28, 2016. Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake’s booming dining and nightlife scene continues to wow après skiers and general visitors to Utah’s capital city. A flock of new restaurants, bars and cafes have just opened in one of the Top 10 “Foodie Cities” in the US, according to Wallethub. With more than a doze...more
SALT LAKE CITY (August 1, 2016) — Celebrating its 20th year in Salt Lake, Outdoor Retailer Summer Market brings an estimated 29,000 outdoor industry manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to the Salt Palace Convention Center August 3-6, generating more than $25 million in direct delegate spending to Salt Lake and ...more
Salt Lake City, UT — The transformation of Salt Lake that began with the 2012 completion of City Creek, the retail and urban living development in the heart of downtown, will reach a crescendo this fall with the opening of the George S. and Delores Eccles Theater, the crowning glory to a thriving new cultural dist...more
Glassdoor recently released its report on the best cities for jobs in 2016 based on factors including cost of living, job satisfaction, and work-life balance. Which of these cities on its list are best for IT pros? We take a look....more
SALT LAKE CITY (January 4, 2016) — An estimated 22,000 manufacturers, retailers, suppliers and media integral to the outdoor industry will return to Utah today, generating more than $20 million in direct delegate spending to Salt Lake and the state of Utah.*...more
The Winter Market at Rio Grande, a project of Urban Food Connections of Utah, will return to Downtown SLC on November 7th at the Rio Grande Depot (300 S Rio Grande St). With more than 60 local vendors (listed at the market is held for 13 alternating Saturdays, through the month of April...more
It’s human nature to search for purpose in life, to try and see the bigger picture, and to identify patterns in a confusing world. This quest is never easy, but the right environment can sure make it more manageable. That’s why we decided to try to identify the most ‘enlightened’ cities in America, so whenever you...more
Foodies attending Catersource’s Art of Catering Food conference Aug. 9 to 12 got a taste of Salt Lake City’s rising food and beverage scene. The event marked Catersource’s first Culinary Hands-on Experience in partnership with the Utah Valley University Culinary Arts Institute. Local food vendors, culinary walking...more
Salt Lake City (October 26, 2015) – Home to four of America’s top winter resorts – Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude - Salt Lake has earned its “Ski City” title. The legendary slopes are just a 30-minute drive from Utah’s capital city, a vibrant downtown and an ideal basecamp with more than 1700 restaurants, 1...more
Four destination marketing organizations received achievement awards in a recent competition with their colleagues from the West. Sponsored by Destination Marketing Association of the West (DMA West), the annual Best Idea Program showcases innovative projects and creative marketing strategies as submitted by DMA W...more
Salt Lake City, UT – SMG Salt Lake, the management company that oversees operations of the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center, the South Towne Exposition Center and the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park, on behalf of Salt Lake County, has named Gaylis Linville as the Director of Communications and Publ...more
Salt Lake City (June 19, 2015) — Visit Salt Lake (VSL) presented the “Tourism Achievement Award” to the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) during its second quarter board of trustees meeting on June 18, 2015, at the David Eccles School of Business. The annual award honors members and community organiz...more
SALT LAKE CITY (May 2015) –The Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass puts 13 of Salt Lake’s most popular urban and mountain adventures in the palm of your hand, as cutting-edge technology now allows users to purchase, share and redeem their Connect Pass from the convenience of their smart-phone. And, by bundling some of th...more
Arlington, VA (April 8, 2015) — Utah again earns the top spot for states with the best economic outlook, followed by North Dakota, Indiana, North Carolina and Arizona, according to the newest edition of Rich States, Poor States released today by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)....more
By Jeff Heilman, Meetings Focus Magazine -- Each year, the influential California-based Milken Institute ranks America’s most economically stable and vital centers in its “Best-Performing Cities” report. In the latest edition, published in January 2015, Utah appears twice in the top 10, with Provo-Orem at No. 3 an...more
Only a few months in, this year is shaping up to be a momentous one for Salt Lake. 2015 will be its busiest year ever for conventions, and in the spirit of welcoming them, the city is rolling out new hotels and restaurants as well as some incredible spring and summer events....more
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Nov. 17, 2014) – Utah Symphony and Utah Opera announced today an initiative encouraging skiers and snowboarders to enjoy a symphony or opera performance after a day on the slopes. When people show a same week lift ticket from any of Utah’s ski resorts, they access the best available seat in t...more
Salt Lake City (November 2014)—There is an endless list of attributes that makes a meeting and convention destination ideal for meeting professionals and the groups and attendees they represent. Modern facilities, competitive hotel packages, simple logistics, and unbeatable service and accessibility are a few of t...more
Salt Lake City (September 2014)—Reaching new heights in service, Visit Salt Lake (VSL) was again presented one of the industry's most prestigious awards: Meetings & Conventions' 2014 Gold Service Award ─ the 20th time VSL has been honored with this prestigious award. The award was voted on by the readers of Meetin...more
SALT LAKE CITY – Sept. 16, 2014 – Salt Lake is the only place in the nation that gives winter enthusiasts the unique advantage of having four world-class winter resorts featuring 500” of the Greatest Snow on Earth® just minutes away from a region filled with hundreds of hotels, restaurants, bars and unrivaled ente...more
Salt Lake City (September 10, 2013) – The 11th annual Downtown Dine O’ Round, presented by Nicholas & Company, begins Friday, September 12. Diners can sample two-item lunches for $5 or $10 or three-item dinners for $15 or $30 during a two-week span that includes three full weekends. This year a record 55 restauran...more
Salt Lake City (July 2, 2014) – The world is quickly discovering what Salt Lake locals have known for the past few years: Salt Lake’s urban scene is on the rise, fast-becoming a foodie favorite and a great place to live (and visit). Recent articles in nationally acclaimed publications offer a glimpse of the revolu...more
(SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH) – Ski Utah and representatives from Alta Ski Area, Brighton Resort, Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, and Solitude Mountain Resort held a news conference today at Ski Utah’s headquarters to announce their support for an over-the-sn...more
Salt Lake City (December 2013)—Forbes, one of the nation’s most-respected financial and business news publications, recently ranked three of Salt Lake’s resorts as being in North America’s top 10, the most of any state and the only Utah resorts represented. Salt Lake’s three resorts are Snowbird (#2), Alta (#3) an...more
SALT LAKE CITY (August 21, 2013) Log Haven, the acclaimed fine-dining destination, has won its tenth straight Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, an award reserved for restaurants that “offer an interesting and diverse selection of 100 or more wines that are well-presented and thematically match the restauran...more
SALT LAKE CITY (July 29, 2013) — An estimated 25,000 manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to the outdoor industry will return to Utah this week, generating more than $23 million in direct delegate spending to Salt Lake and the state of Utah.* The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2013 expo runs July 31 through Augu...more
Following an incredible week of photography and skiing in and around the Cottonwood resorts, the Ski Salt Lake Shootout wrapped up its sixth consecutive year with a sold-out Awards Party Saturday night and crowned its first repeat grand prize winner, Salt Lake local Steve Lloyd....more
SALT LAKE CITY, January 22, 2013— Nielsen Expositions, owners of the Outdoor Retailer Summer and Winter Market trade shows, announced today at the annual Winter OR On-Snow Demo held at Solitude Mountain Resort that Salt Lake will remain the host city for the Outdoor Retailer trade shows through at least 2016....more
Salt Lake City, Utah – Spencer Eccles, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), announced today that Vicki Varela has been selected as the new managing director of Tourism, Film and Global Branding at the Utah Office of Tourism (UOT), an agency of GOED....more
Washington, D.C. – October 25, 2012 – As the nation looks to the next president for economic growth, hundreds of American companies have already discovered an innovative way to boost their bottom line: making their business bicycle-friendly. Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Visit Salt Lake with ...more
Sausalito, Calif. (October 9, 2012) —Smart Meetings magazine, the industry’s premier resource for meeting professionals, today announced the winners of its ninth annual Platinum Choice award. Among the award winners is Visit Salt Lake, the Convention & Visitors Bureau. This prestigious award recognizes excellence ...more
Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City has recently undergone a $5 million complete transformation. Proudly revealed today to crowds of hospitality and tourism industry partners, government officials and clients, Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City’s new sophisticated urban look for Salt Lake’s well-loved downtown “guilty ...more
MSN Money -- Roadmap to the future... States are regularly ranked on things like jobs, health, schools, taxes and water quality. But how do they compare on the future? A recent report from the Gallup polling organization compared "the future livability" of each state. And Utah ranked #1....more