From: Nan Anderson
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: UTIC Insider September 2013
Date: Thu Sep 26 03:01:43 MDT 2013
UTIC The Insider Newsletter
September  2013

UTIC Executive Committee

Nathan Rafferty, UTIC President, Ski Utah
Neil Wilkinson, UTIC Vice President, Temple Square Hospitality
Barbara Riddle, UTIC Sec'y-Treasurer, Davis Area CVB
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 at GRPB/UOT meeting in Richfield
UTIC's table at the Governor's Gala


As we enter fall and end a busy summer season, our thoughts turn to winter tourism product - skiing the "Greatest Snow on Earth"® and to the upcoming 2014 Legislative session.  Final figures on tourism tax revenue in the state of Utah for 2012 have been released by the Utah State Tax Commission; the Utah Office of Tourism has also released overall visitation and tourism spending -- and it's great news!
  •  $7.4 BILLION in spending by tourists in Utah, up 7.8% over 2011 (DK Shifflet report)
  • Total direct state and local taxes generated by traveler spending was $960 Million (BEBR estimate)
                                          State portion = $571 million
                                          Local portion = $389 million
  •  Skier days in 2012-2013 season were up 5.4% over the 2011-2012 season (Ski Utah)
  •  National Park visitation in Utah increased 4% in 2012 vs. 2011 (National Park Service)
  • Transient Room Tax is up 12.3% (State Tax Commission)
  • TRCC - Restaurant Tax is up 6% (State Tax Commission)
  • Resort Communities Tax is up 6.7% (State Tax Commission)
  • Municipality TRT is up 14.2% (State Tax Commission)
  • Tourism employment in Utah is now 129,088 (BEBR estimate)
  • 1st Class (SL County)  TRT is up 5.8%(State Tax Commission)
UTIC has completed our annual "State of the Tourism Industry" white paper to provide statistics and information on tourism's contribution to the Utah economy.  The updated version has the latest tourism facts & figures - we hope you will use this in meetings with elected officials & legislators, boards and industry presentations.  Thanks to Struck for their help in producing the document!  Download the latest version of it on the UTIC website.

Lt. Governor Greg Bell

We thank Lt. Governor Greg Bell for his support of Utah tourism and particularly for his support of rural tourism issues.  We will miss his wise approach to governance and wish him the very best in his next chapter!


The Governor's Rural Partnership Board and the Utah Office of Tourism Board recently held a joint meeting in Richfield, and both Governor Herbert and Lt. Governor Greg Bell attended and heard about Utah tourism efforts from UOT Managing Director, Vicki Varela.  Reports were also provided by Brad Peterson, new Director of the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, and other rural business projects.  We look forward to many more inclusive and collaborative efforts. 

Save the Date!

October 3 - UTIC Executive Committee & Board retreat

November 8 - UTIC Quarterly membership meeting, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Davis & Bott Building, 50 West Forest Street, Brigham City

December 5 - UTIC Executive Comittee meeting

December 12 - Tourism Works PAC Ski Day Fundraiser, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort


February 26 - Tourism Day on the Hill, Capitol Rotunda, Salt Lake City

Sept. 23-25 - Utah Tourism Conference, Eccles Conference Center, Ogden
175 South West Temple #30
Salt Lake City, UT 84101


Travel Grows Six Times Faster Than Other U.S. Exports in 2013
David Huether, Senior Vice President at US Travel Association provided analysis on the Commerce Department's announcement that the trade deficit deteriorated by $4.6 billion in July 2013 to $39.1 billion.

 "After growing five of the first six months of the year, travel exports edged down slightly in July, falling $96 million to a level of $14.8 billion. This slight decline was in line with overall U.S. exports of goods and services, which also edged down 0.6 percent in July.

 "Travel continues to be a leading export for the U.S. economy. Through the first seven months of 2013, travel exports increased 8.9 percent compared to the same timeframe in 2012, six times faster than the 1.5 percent rise in other U.S. exports of goods and services so far this year. As a result of growing much faster than other exports, the travel industry has generated 32 percent of the overall increase in U.S. exports in 2013. And with travel exports growing faster than the 2.9 percent increase in travel imports, the travel trade surplus so far this year is running 25 percent higher than last year.

 "Travel exports are outpacing agriculture and manufacturing exports as well as other service exports to the world. This powerful economic force of welcoming international travelers to our shores is one of the primary reasons why the travel industry has added jobs at a faster rate than the rest of the economy during the past three years and has already made up more than 90 percent of the jobs lost during the Great Recession. We urge policymakers to support critical proposals to boost travel, such as the JOLT Act, which would increase international spending in the United States and create more American jobs."

                                                                       Source:  US Travel Association


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