Industry Update on Outdoor Retailer
Outdoor Retailer and OIA are encouraging brands to come together at the Summer Market and share their voices.
The future of Outdoor Retailer made major headlines in early 2017 and after a few months of debate, it’s official: after 20 years, the show will be leaving Utah.
The outdoor industry’s largest trade show is soliciting proposals from venues for shows and events schedule for 2019 and beyond. The decision to leave the current venue in Salt Lake City comes after the city’s lack of support for public lands conservation, specifically around the protection of the Bears Ears National Monument. In February, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a resolution urging the President’s administration to rescind the monument. After a joint meeting with its partners – Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and Grassroots Outdoor Alliance – and the Governor, Outdoor Retailer has chosen to relocate the show once its current contract with Utah expires next year.
"The appropriate location of Outdoor Retailer should be determined by factors ranging from business economics for vendors and attendees to a location that upholds our industry’s core values around the importance of America’s public lands system,” said Amy Roberts, executive director of the OIA.
The upcoming Summer Market will present opportunities for brands to express their opinions. Although some brands have chosen to withdraw from the Show, Outdoor Retailer and OIA are encouraging brands to come together at the Summer Market and share their voices. To read the latest news on the show, share your voice and be a part of the #ShowUpBeHeard movement, visit unity.outdoorretailer.com