Officials bestow praise on tourism |

Officials bestow praise on tourism

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council have honored the local tourism industry, calling the crucial sector a "powerful engine of economic growth in Park City, Summit County, the state of Utah and the nation."

The City Councilors at a recent meeting declared National Tourism Week in Park City running from May 9 until May 17. According to the City Hall resolution, tourists and travelers spend more than $460 million in Summit County each year. The spending generates nearly $9.5 million in sales taxes, $3.3 million in hotel taxes and approximately $1 million in restaurant taxes.

Meanwhile, the industry employs more than 7,100 people locally, accounting for 43 percent of the total employment in Summit County, according to the resolution. The industry boosts other economic sectors like the construction business and insurance sales, the resolution said.

It is a "clean industry that provides residents and guests with diversity in all experiences of a mountain resort community made possible by tourism," according to the resolution.

The local tourism industry is heaviest during the ski season, but summertime visitors have increased over the years. Meanwhile, Park City’s calendar of events, including the Sundance Film Festival in the winter and a Triple Crown Sports softball tournament in the summer, typically draws sizable crowds.

The resolution mentions attractions like the three local mountain resorts, the Utah Olympic Park and Main Street as attractions, and it notes the free bus system.

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The Park City Chamber/Bureau honored the week as well, holding a barbecue in the Snyderville Basin on May 12. The local declaration is part of a national movement by tourism boosters.

The City Council has honored the tourism industry in a similar fashion in past years as well. There was little discussion before the City Council endorsed National Tourism Week.