The Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau's reputation for attracting conventions has reached Japan.
As a result, 16 Japanese officials were in Salt Lake City recently to visit the bureau and learn what is necessary to attract conventions.Led by Yasushi Morita, vice director of the Prefectural (state) Government of Kumamoto, the delegation is also visiting Toronto, Canada; Boston, New York City and San Francisco to learn more about industry, education, tourism, forests and agriculture.
Why pick Salt Lake City, a city that is only a fraction of the size of the others? Morita said through an interpreter that Salt Lake City has a reputation for working hard to attract conventions, something that Kumamoto wants to expand.
Morita said conventions currently are held in a multipurpose building, but plans are being made to build an exhibition center where conventions will be held.
Armed with a Japanese newsletter containing a story and pictures about Salt Lake City, Morita said Utah is relatively unknown to most Japanese because they usually think of San Francisco or New York for a vacation destination. But, he said, more Japanese are looking to Utah for ski vacations.