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SLCo Exits Convention Hotel Talks with Omni

Aug 11, 2015

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says the county is pulling out of negotiations with Omni Hotels & Resorts for a new convention center hotel after a year and a half of talks.

Mayor McAdams says the company was asking for too much money in the form of public grants and cash advances.

“And so we’ve decided to terminate our negotiations to Omni and go back out to the market and look for another hotel developer who can work with us as a true partner to get this done.”

McAdams says it’s best to avoid signing a deal that would be bad for taxpayers. He says a new hotel is vital to attract and retain conventions like the massive Outdoor Retailers Convention.

“The Outdoor Retailers is a classic example that brings immense economic benefits to the people of the Salt Lake Valley,” says McAdams.

The OR’s commitment to Utah ends next year. McAdams says the county hopes to have a new hotel proposal ready to go within 30 days.