Outdoor Industry to decide on Trade Show Locale

Outdoor Industry to decide on Trade Show Locale

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Once again, the Outdoor Industry Association is pondering whether to keep its huge Outdoor Retailer trade show here, as it has been continuously since 1996.

This time, the debate could come down to Salt Lake City versus Sin City, as Las Vegas competes for the lucrative show.

Outdoor Industry president Frank Hugelmeyer says three other cities on the short list for a possible new location are New Orleans, Denver and Orlando, Florida.

To keep the show in Salt Lake City, local leaders offered a $45 million to $55 million expansion plan for the Salt Palace.

Talk of moving the show began last year after a back-room deal was struck by former Gov. Mike Leavitt and Interior Secretary Gale Norton to remove interim protections to potential wilderness areas.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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