Outdoor Retailer says goodbye to SLC


Author: Steven Shaw
Date: 02.16.17

The Outdoor Retailer show is leaving Salt Lake City. An email from OR Show officials stated a teleconference meeting was held today with representatives from Outdoor Retailer, Outdoor Industry Association, Patagonia, The North Face and REI and Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

The email says “in light of the outcome of that call today,” Outdoor Retailer will not consider anywhere in Utah as a host for future shows.

“We are doing the work necessary to procure an alternative location for Outdoor Retailer,” said Marisa Nicholson, show director for Outdoor Retailer. “Though we may wish it different, this is far from a snap of the fingers thing to make happen. Convention centers and hotels are not sitting idle. In every instance at every potential venue, there are hurdles that have to be cleared and that simply cannot be done overnight. We expect that our current proposal process, which we initiated before any of the company withdrawal announcements last week, will take between 60 and 90 days. Salt Lake City has been hospitable to Outdoor Retailer and our industry for the past 20 years, but we are in lockstep with the outdoor community and are working on finding our new home.” Said Darrell Denny, EVP Emerald Expositions. “Emerald Expositions will also not extend the request for proposal to Utah for relocating the Interbike tradeshow.”

Emerald Expositions which puts on the OR Show, was considering moving it’s Interbike tradeshow from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City.

The fight started when Governor Herbert and other Utah lawmakers called on President Trump to rescind President Obama’s executive order that created the Bears Ears National Monument. That combined with what’s viewed by many Outdoor Retailer members as general hostility towards public lands from Utah legislators brought the issue of moving the OR Show to a boil. Major retailers such as Patagonia and Arc'teryx publicly stated they would boycott the show as long as Utah continued pushing an anti-public lands agenda. 

We will update when there is a release of possible new locations. 

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