"Everything from cheer and dance to baseball to volleyball to horseshoe pitching to cornhole, cycling, you name it." Sporting events, especially youth and amateur events, are big users of hotels, and Salt Lake City has a very diverse and scalable hotel product to offer the sporting market, he said.However, he mentioned that one amenity the city could use to improve its hosting profile would be a convention hotel to reduce the logistical issues that planners currently have to contend with when considering Salt Lake City."It's 'the little project that could' and it's still moving," Beck said.No timetable has been set for the project, he noted, though he is optimistic it will come to fruition in the not-so-distant future.This concentration of sporting events organizers gives Salt Lake the opportunity to highlight the array of facilities and infrastructure relating to hosting sporting events, he added."Sports is growing faster than any other market segment," Higgins said.
"It's really typical Utah fashion where we all come together to do this kind of (collaboration)." Beck noted that these kinds of events could serve to replace and surpass the business lost with the departure of the biannual Outdoor Retailer show.Additionally, each of the attendees has already been screened and expressed interest in potentially partnering with Salt Lake as a host city for their events, he said."We're getting an opportunity to showcase our city to very highly qualified planners," Beck said."All aspects of our community’s event infrastructure have the opportunity to be showcased, including the Salt Palace, our hotels and all of the sporting venues throughout Salt Lake County.” He noted that Connect Marketplace brings together a mix of large and small, new and established conventions and meetings that are all looking for sites to host their events.Because of that wide variety of event scale, other nearby Wasatch Front cities could also benefit from making connections with participants in this weekend's convention, he added."Everybody when possible wants to stay in the same hotel.That's where the networking is done," Higgins said.Looking for your dream Vulcan, but they’re in another universe? They have successfully hosted their event across the United States and Canada, and are happy to finally bring it home.- Single Parents Center Relationship Advice - Singles Resources - Smart Links - The Art of Flirting - Singles In The Fast Lane The Singles Lifestyle - Pricilla Pigg - Links of Interest - Specialty Dating Sites - Boomer Pulse Are you a bit intimidated by the thought of attending a Speed Dating event? Cringe at the thought of possibly meeting up to 25 prospective soulmates in one evening?Sports is also very "venue specific," he said, which is another area where Salt Lake City and Utah excel due to the large variety of well-maintained sites."We'll have over 70 different sports that will be represented this week," Higgins said.