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Tourism Industry Update

As we count down to a tourism conference that deprives most of us from touring, I want you to overlook that hard thing and believe me when I tell you that you will find yourself elevated from this year’s conference.

We have a lineup of great — even inspiring — speakers. And I have good news for you about how we are positioned in our recovery.

Please sign up if you haven’t already. We'll be looking for you in your living room. 

Vicki Varela
Managing Director
Utah Office of Tourism

Support Your Industry: Attend the Utah Tourism Conference

Now more than ever people want to feel connected with their community, their work and the companies they do business with. But how do you really engage with your customers and build connections that count?

The annual Utah Tourism Conference brings together the tourism industry, state leaders, agencies and travel experts to explore the latest trends and opportunities for the industry. Attendees leave with actionable takeaways, feeling connected, inspired and ready to implement new strategies in their work.

Speakers include:
  • Vicki Varela, managing director, Utah Office of Tourism
  • Pitt Grewe, director, Office of Outdoor Recreation 
  • Jeff Fromm, "Millennial Marketing Guy" and president of FutureCast
  • Chris Redgrave, local broadcast veteran and host of Mighty Main Streets
  • Natalie Gochnour, associate dean, David Eccles School of Business
You'll also hear from Governor Gary Herbert, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, GOED's executive director Val Hale and more!

You still have time to register for either Watch Party in St. George or Ogden.

Don't worry if your schedule has conflicts over the next two days: As long as you're registered for the event you will have access to the recordings of the keynotes and breakout sessions provided by the Utah Office of Tourism.

See the full agenda
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, 9:00 a.m.–noon
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, 8:30 a.m.–noon.
Help Us Replace Salt Lake City’s Trees Volunteer Event

The Utah Tourism Industry Association and the Utah Office of Tourism are partnering with TreeUtah to offer a volunteer tree planting opportunity to members and conference attendees. The event will take place on Thursday, September 24 at 2 p.m. at Rosewood Park, 1400 North 1200 West.

Learn how to get involved and sign up to volunteer here.
Additional Resources
Governor's Office of Economic Development COVID-19 Resources for Business
Utah Leads Together: A Plan for a Health and Economic Recovery Version 4.9 (PDF) — Released July 22, 2020
Utah's color-coded health guidance system
State of Utah Resources for Business
Utah Office of Tourism COVID-19 Industry Toolkit
Responsible travel information at
The state of Utah’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) information hub.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control Travel Health Notices and COVID 2019 Information for Travel 
If you’re worried about whether you may have COVID-19, please call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707.
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