by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 01, 2014

Local Update:

• Two new overflow hotels will open this year and next. A 159-room extended-stay Hyatt House Hotel should be finished in fall 2014, and a 175-room Courtyard by Marriott will debut in spring 2015.

• The 515-room Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation; among the hotel's revamped offerings is a grand ballroom spanning more than 13,000 square feet (maximum capacity: 2,000).

Meeting Hotels: Close to the convention center are the 515-room Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, 499-room Hilton Salt Lake City Center and 381-room Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown. Nearby are the 850-room Little America Hotel, 775-room Grand America Hotel, 362-room Sheraton City Centre Hotel Salt Lake City and 359-room Marriott Salt Lake City Center.

For a more complete listing of area hotels and meeting facilities, visit

Convention Center: Salt Palace Convention Center; exhibit space, 515,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 67; (801) 534-4777;

Airport Transit: Salt Lake City International Airport, six miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $12

Taxes: Room tax, 6.85%; sales tax, 5.75%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.67%

Group Venue: A traveling exhibition called "do it" runs through the end of May at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, an exhibit of do-it-yourself projects and installations explained by renowned contemporary artists. Also on display through the end of April is "Trent Harris: Echo Cave," a retrospective of works by the cult filmmaker. For a culturally inspired evening that will foster a slew of fascinating conversations, the facility has a 115-seat auditorium and a boardroom for 30, while the exhibit space accommodates up to 40 people for a private reception. (801) 328-4201;

Contact: Visit Salt Lake, (801) 534-4900 or (800) 541-4955;