Articles tagged “utah”

Trump Expected to Announce Plans to Shrink National Monuments in Utah

Trump Expected to Announce Plans to Shrink National Monuments in Utah

Catherine Lucey and Ken Thomas, Associated Press

President Donald Trump hopes to shrink two national monuments in the southwestern U.S. by as much as 90 percent. But expect the issue to head to the courts, as a poorly written law makes it unclear what powers a president has for protecting lands against development.

3 months ago

Utah Ski Resorts Worry Drunk Driver Laws Will Turn Off Visitors

Utah Ski Resorts Worry Drunk Driver Laws Will Turn Off Visitors

Brady McCombs, Associated Press

Yes, tourism and powering local economies through food and beverage are important, but shouldn't public safety be just as important, if not more so? Perhaps having the strictest DUI laws in the country isn't such a terrible thing, especially when you consider that ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft can transport intoxicated drivers.

3 months ago

Tourists Set a New Record for Spending in Utah

Tourists Set a New Record for Spending in Utah

Associated Press

Utah, whose tourism depends on outdoor attractions, has strong visitation for the moment, but this could change if some national monuments lose their status.

9 months ago

Trump’s Review of National Monuments May Hurt Tourist Destinations

Trump’s Review of National Monuments May Hurt Tourist Destinations

Matthew Daly and Jill Colvin, Associated Press

National parks and monuments are excellent tourism drivers in the American West. Exposing them to development not only hurts leisure visitation and preservation efforts, but repels meetings and conventions as we see in Utah. Removing the "national monument" designation from public land is basically unheard of.

10 months ago

Utah Tourism Spending Hits Record While Public Lands Debate Rages

Utah Tourism Spending Hits Record While Public Lands Debate Rages

Associated Press

Utah's governor wants more control over the state's public lands, which include several renowned national parks, but many people fear that conservation will suffer as a result. In the meantime, the state may lose some convention revenue as well.

1 year ago

Zion National Park Being Overrun by Tourists This Winter

Zion National Park Being Overrun by Tourists This Winter

Associated Press

Overtourism is sweeping Zion National Park in Utah: Too many tourists, too few park rangers.

1 year ago

Meetings Association Members Convene in Utah, Which Tries to Grab Future Conferences

Meetings Association Members Convene in Utah, Which Tries to Grab Future Conferences

Brady McCombs, Associated Press

Visit Salt Lake considers the American Society of Association Executives conference a site inspection for the city and hopes to transform the conference into a stream of future conference bookings. Now if the city only had a new convention hotel to close the deals.

2 years ago

Debate Is Raging over a Proposal to Designate Utah Land as a National Monument

Debate Is Raging over a Proposal to Designate Utah Land as a National Monument

Brady McCombs, Associated Press

Amidst the arguments over the bureaucracy and red tape that would come with a national monument designation of the Bears Ears area of Utah, everyone seems to agree on one thing: that the land needs to be preserved and protected somehow.

2 years ago

Resort’s Plan to Trademark ‘Park City’ Doesn’t Sit Well with Residents

Resort’s Plan to Trademark ‘Park City’ Doesn’t Sit Well with Residents

Associated Press

This move is probably not going to endear Vail Resorts to locals in Park City, regardless of efforts to "safeguard businesses and use advertising" to help people tell the difference between the resort and city.

2 years ago

Utah Ski Resorts Had Their Best Year Ever and Set a New Record for Visitors

Utah Ski Resorts Had Their Best Year Ever and Set a New Record for Visitors

Brady McCombs, Associated Press

Utah's ski resorts represent how different resorts and attractions working together towards a common goal can lead to big pay-offs for a state's tourism economy.

2 years ago

Tourism Spending In Utah Grew to Nearly $8 Billion Last Year

Tourism Spending In Utah Grew to Nearly $8 Billion Last Year

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press

Tourism in Utah is growing across all sectors, but it's also changing in terms of more Chinese visitors, less snow, and increasing challenges in the national parks to meet demand.

2 years ago

New Utah Advertising Campaign Touts Road Trips Beyond the National Parks

New Utah Advertising Campaign Touts Road Trips Beyond the National Parks

Associated Press

Utah is addressing a problem many destinations have -- how do you get tourists to explore less popular but worthy attractions. For New York City it is Brooklyn and the Bronx; for Utah it's anything beyond the national parks.

2 years ago