Destination development projects in Washington County continue to grow

Sand Mountain is a popular area for off-road vehicles, St. George, July 3, 2021.

Sand Mountain is a popular area for off-road vehicles, St. George, July 3, 2021. (Jeri Politte, St. George News)



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ST. GEORGE — Destination development projects in Washington County are chugging full steam ahead. According to the Greater Zion Convention and Tourism Office, more than $25 million tourism-generated funds have been distributed throughout county projects over the last 10 years.

The tourism board released current updates on projects in development in 2022 the week of June 20-26. The list includes upkeep on existing venues and infrastructure and new assets. The Utah legislature requires counties statewide to spend at least 47% establishing and promoting tourism. Greater Zion spends 53% on tourism-related projects and infrastructure, Greater Zion Convention and Tourism Director Kevin Lewis said.

He also said that the mission of Greater Zion is to use the funds generated from tourism to create a superior experience for locals, not just visitors. In addition to developing infrastructure, trails and facilities, they address the area's future needs. The group works closely with community leaders, land managers and residents to do so.

"As the city grows, the amenities grow, and there's a little bit of a give and take there," Lewis said. "If you look at major metropolitans, as they grow, they start building and private investment goes with that. It's not all public investment, and I think that's what you'll see happen here. As we continue to grow out."

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