Economics, proximity prompted return of Outdoor Retailer to Salt Lake City – KSL NewsRadio

by | Mar 25, 2022 | Financial

SALT LAKE CITY — It was economics that prompted Outdoor Retailer to bring conventions back to Salt Lake City. That, and Salt Lake’s proximity to outdoor venues.
“The economics for them (Outdoor Retailer) is much worse for them in Denver than it is here,” Rep. Doug Owens told KSL NewsRadio. Owens is the founder of Utah Outdoor Partners, a non-profit that works with Utah government entities to support the development of infrastructure that powers many outdoor activities such as trails, campgrounds, and parks.
“The show was, as I understand it, about 30% more expensive to attend for retailers. So they were losing a lot of their smaller entities that wanted to be at the show, it just wasn’t worth it,” Owens said.
And the lure of proximity is another factor, Owens said, that makes Salt Lake City a better option for the large Outdoor Retailer convention. 
“[In] Denver, you’ve got to drive for quite a ways before you can get out and recreate,” Owens said. “The proximity that we have to those outdoor resources here in Salt Lake City is better than Denver.”
Some retailers are still boycotting Utah
Not all of the retailers are returning with the conventions. Outside Business Journal reports that 25 outdoor brands, including Patagonia, REI, and The North Face, have pledged to boycott the Outdoor Retailer conventions if they return to Utah.
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