Business briefs, May 16-19 |

Business briefs, May 16-19

Newpark Resort nabs award

Newpark Resort Hotel & Conference Center has been named Utah’s Best of State in the Vacation Resorts category, according to a press release. The annual Best of State awards honor outstanding businesses in Utah. Chris Eggleton, general manager of the hotel, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer, said in the release that it is gratifying to be recognized. "We have strived to create a boutique tourism destination and local community hub that rivals Park City’s historic Main Street for both destination leisure and meetings travelers," he said. "This award, when combined with the countless satisfied visitors we have had over the past decade, recognizes that we have accomplished what we endeavored to do."

Cocktail contest returns to Park City

The Park City Area Restaurant Association is again holding a summer cocktail contest. According to a press release, the winning mixologist will take home $200 among other prizes. The cocktails will be judged by the public, which can vote online, from July 1 to July 31. High West Distillery and Saloon’s Mustang Shandy won the contest last year. Any bar or restaurant in the PCARA can enter a cocktail. Those interested must register by visiting or contacting Christa Graff at .

Gas prices on the rise in Utah

Average prices for a gallon of gas in Utah rose 40 cents in April, surging to fifth-highest in the lower 48 states, according to AAA. At $2.93, the average price for a gallon of gas in Utah, remains 65 cents lower than at the same time last year, however. AAA attributes the rising prices to issues experienced by West Coast refineries in recent weeks.