A new university report shows tourism spending in Utah hit a record of $8.17 billion in 2015.
Gov. Gary Herbert and tourism leaders are scheduled to discuss the report Monday as the debate over the state’s role in the management of Utah’s iconic public lands rages on.
A lucrative outdoor-gear trade show that brings $45 million in annual spending to Utah is considering moving after two decades in part because of the push by the state’s political leaders to rescind the new Bears Ears National Monument.
Herbert and others believe the state should oversee management of lands to ensure a mix of uses is allowed, including some development, drilling and mining.
Herbert plans to meet with show organizers this week to tout his efforts to protect the landscape and try to persuade them to stay.
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