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Brent Godfrey Solo Exhibiton

Oct 16, 2014 - Nov 15 , 2014
In "Personae" Godfrey reflects upon who we are as individuals and communities. His figures move through…
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Catch Me If You Can

Oct 8, 2014 - Nov 29 , 2014
A Regional Premiere! Fresh from Broadway! This high-flying musical sings the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr. ...is he…
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Cornbelly's Corn Maze and…

Oct 3, 2014 - Nov 1 , 2014
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Damn Yankees

Oct 2, 2014 - Nov 22 , 2014
This rousing musical about America's favorite pastime knocks it out of the park! Hit songs and doubleheaders tell…
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Hallow's Eve Exhibit

Oct 14, 2014 - Nov 9 , 2014
"Hallow's Eve" Exhibit at the Urban Arts Gallery The Utah Arts Alliance is proud to present…
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Haunted Village

Oct 11, 2014 - Oct 31 , 2014
There are a few haunted houses around, but only one Haunted Village! The most anticipated haunting of the season is at…
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Here and Over There: The…

Oct 10, 2014 - Dec 7 , 2014
 An exhibition from Special Collections recognizing the history and humanity of World War I,  or The Great…
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Homestead Paranormal…

Oct 22, 2014 - Oct 22 , 2014
A rare opportunity to join members of Southern Utah Paranormal (SUP) as they investigate Frontier Homestead State Park…
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Resident on Display

Oct 10, 2014 - Nov 25 , 2014
Resident on Display: See the amazing talents of South Jordan residents as they display their artwork and photography.…
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Strangling Brothers Haunted…

Oct 4, 2014 - Nov 1 , 2014
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The Marriage of Figaro

Oct 18, 2014 - Oct 25 , 2014
Mozart composed “The Marriage of Figaro” in 1786 to a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. The opera takes place…
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Thriller

Oct 10, 2014 - Nov 1 , 2014
Odyssey Dance Theatre is excited to bring its popular Halloween Spectacular Thriller to several locations in…
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Wiggle Worms

Oct 1, 2014 - Oct 29 , 2014
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Wild Wednesdays: Batty about…

Oct 22, 2014 - Oct 22 , 2014
Utah has 18 species or kinds of bats! Kick off the Halloween season by learning about these misunderstood and amazing…
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Witch Fest

Oct 1, 2014 - Oct 31 , 2014
Historic Gardner Village in West Jordan gets bewitched for Halloween with dozens of creative life-size witches and fun…
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Home to five national parks, 43 state parks, seven national monuments, two national recreation areas and "The Greatest Snow on Earth®", Utah represents the best of the Rocky Mountains and the Desert Southwest.  Visitors enjoy easy access to Utah and enjoy scenic vistas, outdoor recreation, shopping, dining, and Western culture.  Read below to discover more.

Travelers come to Utah for...

STATEWIDE ADVENTURES:

5 National Parks, 7 National Monuments, 2 National Recreation Areas, 1 National Historical Site, 43 State Parks

Utah is recognized for great fishing.  The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources stocks Utah's streams, rivers, and lakes with more than 12,000,000 sportfish annually.

Park City has been named the world's first gold-level ride center destination by IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association).

Moab's Sand Flats recreation area, home to the legendary slickrock and porcupine rim mountain biking trails is enjoyed by over 100,000 visitors annually.

National Geographic's "Best of the Best" 20 Legendary Hikes in National Parks ranks Utah...

#3 Arches National Park - Devil's Garden Trail to Landscape Arch

#11 Zion National Park - Zion Narrows

#16 Canyonlands National Park- Elephant Hill to Druid Arch

The Greatest Snow on Earth®

Utah has 14 ski resorts - 11 are less than one hour from the Salt Lake International Airport

Ski Magazine awarded Utah resorts First Place in these categories:

#1 Easy Access - Park City Mountain Resort

#1 Best Snow - Alta

#1 Best Lifts - Snowbasin

#1 Best Grooming, Service, Lodging & Dining - Deer Valley

Forbes ranks three of Salt Lake's resorts in North America's top 10:

#2 Snowbird
#3 Alta
#10 Solitude

Trip Advisor - American Bargain for Skiing

           #1 Salt Lake

ARTS, CULTURE and LEISURE

  • City Creek Center was named "Best mall in the Americas" by international Property Awards in 2013
  • Sundance Film Festival brought in $70 million dollars and more than 46,000 visitors in 2013
  • Tony Award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival had 120,000 attendees in 2012
  • Money Magazine rated the Utah Festival Opera as one of the top 20 summer opera festivals in the world.
  • Over 120 golf courses
  • Over 900 movies filmed in Utah, including:

  Lone Ranger
   Footloose
   127 Hours
   Star Trek
   John Carter
   Forrest Gump

  • Salt Lake City is tied with Israel as the most attractive spot for faith-based travel
  • Utah is a top ranked travel destination...

#3 Best airport in North America for on time departures.

#6 Salt Lake City Metropolitan Area - Best Public Transportation.

#1 Family History Library - Largest library of its kind in the world.

 

TOURISM WORKS FOR OUR ECONOMY

  • IN 2012, tourists spent $7.4 BILLION on travel in Utah
  • 2012 State and Local Tax Revenues Generated by Travel Spending

   $571 million - State Tax

   $389 million - Local Tax

   $960 million - Total

  • 2013 Local Tax Revenues Related to Travel (In millions)

       $41.0
    - Transient Room Tax
       $40.1
    - Restaurant Tax
       $15.6
    - Resort Community Tax
       $7.2
    - Municipal Transient Room Tax
       $7.0
    - Car Rental Tax
  • Visitors in 2012/13

   20.2 million  Salt Lake City International Airport

   6.3 million  National Parks

   5.1 million  National Monuments & Recreation Areas

   5.0 million  State Parks

   4.0 million  Skier Days

  • 2011 Total Direct State & Local Tax Revenues Generated by Travel Spending

   $528 million  State Tax

   $362 million Local Tax

  • Employment

   129,088 people are employed by Travel and Recreation related jobs in Utah

 

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Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah Festival Opera Company
Governor's Office of Management & Budget
Bureau of Economic & Business Research, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah