Park City Chamber Bureau

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Jennifer Wesselhoff will be taking the reins at the Park City Chamber Bureau from retiring 21-year CEO Bill Malone on Oct. 19. Wesselhoff has been the President and CEO of the Sedona, Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau for the last 13 years.

 

Wesselhoff says Sedona and Park City aren’t all that different. With both locations boasting large tourism economies and well-known recreational opportunities, Wesselhoff is excited to get to work here in Utah.

 

On today's Local News Hour:

( 05:46) Park City Chamber Bureau and President CEO Bill Malone talks about his retirement and introduces his successor Jennifer Wesselhoff.

( 18:40) Wasatch County School District Director of Academics Garret Peterson talks about the opening of schools this week and COVID-19 mitigation.

Jennifer Wesselhoff

The Park City Chamber Bureau has a new President and CEO: Jennifer Wesselhoff will be making the move to Park City from Sedona, Arizona, this fall.

 

Jennifer Wesselhoff will take over as the Chamber’s new President & CEO just before ski season starts. She is currently the President and CEO of the Arizona tourist town’s Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. 

 

After leading the charge marketing Park City’s tourism economy and the businesses that run it for the last 21 years, Bill Malone, the CEO of the Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau is retiring.

 

Today on the Local News Hour:

(09:38 ) - Park City Chamber Bureau CEO Bill Malone has an update on the legislature's speical session last week and what that means for the tourism marketing fund for the coming winter and this summer.

(26:43) - Snyderville Planning Commission Chair Ryan Dickey has a recap from Tuesday's marathon 7-hour meeting.with a re-cap of this week's meeting.

(37:33) - Wasatch County Council Heber South Seat Incumbent Kendall Crittenden talks ahead of the Republican Primary Elections on Tuesday.

Summit County

Last week, Park City Chamber Bureau President Bill Malone presented a plan to the Summit County Council to begin marketing our area to prospective visitors. And the CEO of Vail Resorts Rob Katz also announced the company plans to have all of its resorts open by July.

With the county now in the so-called “Low Risk” phase of getting to a new normal to begin rebuilding the economy, county health officials remain cautiously optimistic we can stay there, in spite of increased tourism.

Utah State Office of Tourism/Paul Morrison Photography

With the holidays over, the Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau reports increased occupancy for the first months of the ski season. 

Utah State Office of Tourism/Paul Morrison Photography

The 2020 general session of the Utah Legislature ends in a few weeks. Park City Chamber/Bureau CEO Bill Malone’s number one priority is the tourism marketing performance fund, which is managed by the Utah Office of Tourism. It’s funded by sales tax revenue from tourism industries and is used for marketing, programming and the Utah Sports Commission. The legislature has appropriated $25 million for the fund this year, but Malone says there’s been a push to use a portion of that specifically for rural tourism development.

Summit County Council Member Kim Carson recaps Wednesday's council meeting; Park City Chamber Bureau CEO and President Bill Malone has an update on some of the bills he's watching this session, including the annual funding for tourism promotion; and Winter Sports School Board of Trustees Vice President Whalen Louis and Administrative Office Manager Megan Altman have details about upcoming registration and the plans to expand the Winter Sports School. 

Sundance Film Festival concluded over the weekend. The annual showcase of films throughout Park City is traditionally a boon to the local economy. Businesses on Park City’s Main Street are announcing the 2020 festival did not have as large of economic impact as hoped for.

After preliminary data showed 2019 occupancy rates for Park City-area lodging lagging behind last year’s numbers, bookings have shot up for the holiday week. 

Park City Chamber of Commerce CEO Bill Malone says the increase in bookings really flooded in over the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Just like people were spending on retail and services, they were spending on booking a vacation, too, at that time," Malone said. "I'm sure the great snowfall that we started receiving around the Thanksgiving holidays spurred people onto make those reservations for the Christmas holidays.”

Deer Valley Resort

The Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau counts the winter season as November through April. Chamber/Bureau CEO Bill Malone says, for those bookend months, lodging numbers are a little low, but he says November and April always lag behind the other months. As for those other months, currently, Malone says they’re behind on last year’s counts.

 

Drew Hardesty has today’s Utah Avalanche Forecast Center. The Center has issued an avalanche warning. Summit County Council Member Glenn Wright recaps Monday's special meeting. Summit County Health Inspector Kelly Gallo lets us know the safest way to prepare our Thanksgiving turkey and Park City Chamber Bureau CEO Bill Malone has a look at advanced bookings for the winter and his thoughts about sustainable tourism and how to deal with nightly rentals.

KPCW

The Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has new numbers on this summer’s visitation as well as predictions for the upcoming winter.  According to Park City Chamber Bureau CEO Bill Malone, Park City still has room to grow. 

Malone says visitor numbers for summer are slightly down–just one percent–compared to the same time last year. But looking ahead to this winter, bookings are up one percent, with February being the most popular month so far.

On the Local News Hour: Park City Chamber Bureau CEO Bill Malone has details on his presentation to the Summit County Council on summer visitation and a look ahead at this winter; Professional Dog Trainer and Director of Rocky Mountain Therapy Dogs Amy Francis has details about her new nonprofit organization that provides canine therapeutic and education services for Summit and Wasatch counties; and Park City Education Foundation Associate Director, Communications and Development Jen Billow talks about the class and school winners for Beat the Call and STEM initiative.

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