by Sarah J.F. Braley | March 14, 2014
The Utah Legislature has approved a bill to help finance a 1,000-room headquarters hotel to serve Salt Lake City's Salt Palace. The measure cleared the Senate by a 17-11 vote and the House by 49-23. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is expected to sign the bill. According to Visit Salt Lake, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, the legislation, a huge step forward, does not fund the construction of the project; it merely creates an incentive program allowing Salt Lake County to begin seeking a private developer. While the exact location of the new hotel has yet to be chosen, several tracts of land are available within walking distance of the Salt Palace, which offers 515,000 square feet of exhibit space, and the goal is to choose one within 1,000 feet of the facility.