Outdoor Retailer, the resident Hercules in the world of outdoor recreation trade shows, sent out a press release yesterday that it would seek relocation bids starting in 2018. Talk of a potential move from Salt Lake City by show officials shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that Patagonia announced its intention to boycott seemingly hours after OR’s release. The move was a follow-up to Black Diamond’s threat to boycott the show over Utah’s environmental policies, which are deplorable: Governor Gary Herbert officially asked Trump to reverse the Bears Ears National Monument designation this week.
But, quick reality check here, this relocation talk seemingly comes up on a bi-annual basis and isn’t just about “environomics.”
“Outdoor Retailer has always been about ‘Right time, right place, right stuff,’” Marisa Nicholson, the show’s director said in the release. “We’ve been listening to the concerns from the industry and agree that it’s time to explore our options. Salt Lake City has been an incredible home to Outdoor Retailer and the outdoor community for the past 20 years, and we aren’t opposed to staying, but we need to do what’s best for the industry and for the business of outdoor retail.”