by Matt Alderton | May 03, 2019


Salt Lake City is about to add two major draws to burnish its role as a major meetings destination: a new airport and a new convention center hotel.

The new airport -- the largest construction project in the history of Utah -- is actually a $3.6 billion redevelopment of the existing Salt Lake City International Airport. Although it won't be complete until 2024, phase one of the project -- a new terminal -- is scheduled for completion in 2020. The new and improved airport promises "more space and convenience" thanks to easy wayfinding and moving walkways; roomy gates with ample seating and charging stations; an expanded concessions program; a dedicated meet-and-greet area for meeting arrivals; and a plaza with seating, dining and a large window overlooking the airfield.

The convention center hotel, meanwhile, is scheduled to open in 2022. Although an operator hasn't yet been announced, the 28-story property -- which will be integrated into the southeast corner of the Salt Palace Convention Center -- will have more than 700 guest rooms, 62,000 square feet of meeting space and digital projection screens flanking the exterior of its lobby.

Meanwhile, Visit Salt Lake continues to sing Salt Lake City's praises to planners. "Salt Lake already offers meeting professionals an incredibly wide range of choices for their next convention, event or meeting," the organization said this week in a meetings bulletin that spotlighted both future and existing event assets within the city. Among the city's current highlights are meeting venues like the 234,000-square-foot Mountain America Expo Center; hotels like the 775-room Grand America Hotel; brewpubs such as Squatters; bars like Beer Bar/Bar X, which is owned by Modern Family star Ty Burrell; restaurants like George, a new spot specializing in natural wines and classic bistro fare; and attractions such as The Leonardo, Salt Lake's interactive museum of science, technology and art.

Concluded Visit Salt Lake in its bulletin, "This is a dynamic Western city with an incredible array of hip new restaurants, buzzing brewpubs and an NBA team, not to mention Broadway shows and performing arts venues. And just 35 minutes from downtown, four of the best mountain resorts in the West are primed for retreats and post-meeting recreation."