From: Nan Anderson
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: UTIC Insider January 2014
Date: Tue Jan 28 23:52:45 MST 2014
UTIC The Insider Newsletter
January  2014

UTIC Executive Committee

Nathan Rafferty, UTIC President, Ski Utah
Neil Wilkinson, UTIC Vice President, Temple Square Hospitality
Marian DeLay, UTIC Past President, Moab Area Travel Council

Scott Beck, Visit Salt Lake
Bill Malone, Park City Chamber/Bureau
Joel Racker, Utah Valley CVB
Rob Slettom, Identity Properties

UTIC Board of Directors

Dennis Copyak, Le Bus
Jordan Garn, Utah Hotel & Lodging Assn.
Tom Guinney, Gastronomy, Inc.
Joan Hammer, Box Elder County Tourism
Nancy McLaughlin, Bed & Breakfasts Inns of Utah
Brian Merrill, Utah Guides & Outfitters 
Roxie Sherwin, St. George Area Convention & Tourism Office
Maria Twitchell, Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism Bureau

Nan Anderson, Executive Director
Des Barker, UTIC Lobbyist  

Nathan and Sen. Jenkins at Senate Republican Leadership Breakfast


Wednesday, February 26 is Tourism Day on the Hill - help us show support for tourism economic development by participating in this important event.  Cost for individuals to register is $30 and includes lunch, see link below.


8:30 - 10:00 am            UTIC quarterly membership meeting in downtown Salt Lake City, Joseph Smith Memorial Building.  Meeting is open to anyone with an interest in Utah tourism, regardless of UTIC membership status.

10:30 am - 12:00 pm    Exhibit set-up in Capitol Rotunda for DMO's/UOT/Ski Utah (space is limited and pre-registration required)

12:00 - 2:00 pm            Lunch in Capitol Rotunda for tourism industry participants and Utah Senators and Representatives, sponsored by UTIC.  (pre-registration required).

2:00 - 5:00 pm              Tourism representatives request brief meetings with legislators (if they have not met during lunch)

This is the industry's best opportunity to speak with one coordinated, cohesive voice to show support with Utah's elected officials, especially with members of the Utah Legislature. In past years, the Governor, Lt. Governor and many county commissioners and mayors have all attended.
To help you prepare for a successful Tourism Day on the Hill, we want to be sure that you know/meet your Representative and Senator.  The Utah Legislature's website is very easy to navigate - whether you're searching for a bill, committee or trying to find who represents you in the Utah House or Senate.  Also to note - the legislative session is from Jan. 27- March 13 this year, see the full legislative calendar.  For the latest in Utah tourism statistics, download the "Tourism Works - State of the Tourism Industry"

The UTIC membership and Board of Directors thank Barbara Riddle for her years of service to UTIC - most recently as UTIC's Secretary-Treasurer.  We wish her the best of luck in her next venture!


Save the Date!

February 26
UTIC Membership Meeting, 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Joseph Smith Memorial Building,
15 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
Tourism Day on the Hill,
noon - 2:00 p.m. "Picnic in the Rotunda" Lunch with legislators in the Capitol Rotunda, Capitol Hill, Salt Lake City  Register on-line

Sept. 23-25 - Utah Tourism Conference, Eccles Conference Center, Ogden

Senate Republican Leadership Breakfast
Elizabeth, Pat and Kristen smilin' big at Sundance
175 South West Temple #30
Salt Lake City, UT 84101



US Travel Outlook - Research & Trends from Dr. Suzanne Cook: 

As the new year begins, the United States economy continues to improve. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently offered an optimistic view on the U.S. economy's prospects.

LABOR December 2013 capped a strong year for travel jobs. "Travel industry jobs continued their strong positive trend even as the pace of overall job growth decelerated in December,"according to David Huether, senior vice president for economics and research at U.S. Travel.

With generally better economic reports, consumer confidence has been improving as well.

Rising home values are boosting the economy by giving owners more confidence to spend, according to Daren Blomquist, a RealtyTrac vice president.

Business travel is set to increase in 2014, according to a survey conducted by Frequent Business Traveler magazine.

According to the November 2013 TravelClick North American Hospitality Review, hotels are benefitting from a stronger group travel segment, and the outlook is positive for the future.


According to Travel Weekly, 2014 should be a year of growth and prosperity for the U.S. travel industry.

Commercial aviation
turned 100 on January 1, 2014. The first commercial air flight took off on January 1, 1914, operated by the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, taking 23 minutes and piloted by Tony Jannus.

U.S. hotel industry reported positive results during November 2013, according to STR: supply (+0.7%), demand (+2.8%), occupancy (+2.1%), average daily rate (ADR) (+2.6%) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) (+4.7%).

According to the National Travel and Tourism Office (formerly the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries) in the U.S. Department of Commerce, international air traffic to and from the U.S. totaled 155.8 million passengers through October 2013.

Travel exports rose to $15.3 billion in November 2013, increasing for the eighth time in the past 11 months, according the U.S. Travel Association's David Huether, based on an analysis of the latest trade data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

As an election year, 2014 is going to be a critical time for the travel industry.  U.S. Travel and the entire travel community will continue to cultivate and encourage travel champions in Congress and the Administration.

                                                                                          Source:  US Travel Association


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