SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – August 4, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) — An estimated 27,000 manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to the outdoor industry will return to Utah today, generating more than $25 million in direct delegate spending to Salt Lake and the state of Utah.
The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015 is being housed in the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center. It kicks off Tuesday, August 4, with the Open Air Demo at Pineview Reservoir in the picturesque Ogden Valley. Both the demo day event and the show are business to business events and closed to the public. The show then opens to the public August 5-9.
“Salt Lake and the Salt Palace Convention Center are excited to welcome the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market back,” said Mayor Ben McAdams. “Its presence highlights the important economic impact of the recreation industry to Utah. What started 18 years ago with 5,000 attendees and 100,000 square feet of exhibits has become our largest annual trade show, with over 27,000 attendees. The Outdoor Industry has become an important job growth sector as well, as businesses locate here and provide jobs.”
“We are looking forward to another great Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake,” said Marisa Nicholson, Emerald Expositions V.P. and show director. “Salt Lake City always welcomes our industry, making it feel like home for the time we are in town. The community shares our passion for the outdoors, and the outdoor lifestyle making it a wonderful place to convene, conduct business and even recreate.”
Outdoor recreation is a substantial and critical sector of the American economy. Every year, Americans spend billions of dollars on outdoor recreation — on gear, vehicles, trips, travel-related expenses and more. This creates jobs, supports communities, generates tax revenue and helps drive the economy.
Highlight facts from the OIA Recreation Economy Report, the OIA Outdoor Consumer Segmentation Report and the Outdoor Foundation Participation Study include:
- The outdoor recreation economy is responsible for 6.1 million direct American jobs and $646 billion in direct consumer spending, $39.9 billion in federal tax revenue and $39.7 billion in state/local tax revenue. (OIA Recreation Economy Report)
- In the United States, there are 198M adults between the ages of 18-65 and of those, 60% qualify themselves as outdoor consumers. (OIA Outdoor Consumer Segmentation Report)
- Americans went on a total of 11.8 billion outdoor outings in 2014. (Outdoor Foundation’s Outdoor Participation Study)
- Outdoor enthusiasts are willing to pay more money for outdoor equipment that is durable, high quality and comfortable, and spend an average of $458 per year on outdoor-related merchandise (OIA Outdoor Consumer Segmentation Study)
For more information on the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015, go to http://www.outdoorretailer.com/