This month’s official announcement that the Outdoor Retailer summer and winter markets are moving from Salt Lake City to Denver came as a surprise to almost nobody. On the eve of a July 6 news conference with industry and Denver-area government officials, The Denver Post, citing unnamed sources, reported that the twice-yearly show would be based at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver starting in 2018. But the move had been widely rumored since Salt Lake City’s falling-out with show organizers earlier this year over Utah officials’ attitude toward Pres. Barack Obama’s designation of the Bears Ears National Monument.
Outdoor Retailer, owned by publicly traded Emerald Expositions LLC, has already begun setting up for its final Salt Lake City show, scheduled July 26-29 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Although Emerald was contracted to hold its shows in Salt Lake City through 2018, local media reported that Visit Salt Lake, the entity that coordinates the city’s convention business, had reached an agreement allowing the early departure of the twice-yearly expositions.