Colorado has been selected as the new home for the Outdoor Retailer shows, which include three major outdoor recreation trade shows: the Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and Outdoor Retailer November. Last week, Colorado civic leaders and members of the outdoor recreation industry confirmed that Denver will be the host city for the Outdoor Retailer Show starting in 2018.
“This is a proud day for Colorado,” said Luis Benitez, Director of Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. “The outdoor recreation community not only serves as a significant economic driver for our state and our nation, but it also plays an important role in contributing to the national dialogue regarding important issues around climate change, access to public lands, and the promotion of health and wellness.
“We are honoured to have the responsibility of helping lead this dialogue at a national level and creating a legacy for our state to be proud of.”
The first show in Colorado will be the newly merged Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, endorsed and sponsored by SnowSports Industries America (SIA) and Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), in January 2018. ‘It will be the largest outdoor and winter sports industry gathering in North America.’
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market will stage in Denver in July 2018, as will the newly announced November show. Denver has played host to the SIA Show since 2011.
“Outdoor Retailer chose Denver for its new home because it was the undeniable choice of the industry,” said Marisa Nicholson, Vice President Outdoor Group at Emerald Expositions, and Outdoor Retailer Show Director. “Denver and the state of Colorado are passionate about protecting and nurturing outdoor recreation, critical to the growth of our industry. The Mayor, the Governor, Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office and Visit Denver not only accommodated all our needs to run a successful show, but also welcomed us with open arms.
“After 35 years, this is a reset. Imagine one united community and all that energy culminating in one place – Denver. The right place, right time, right stuff.”
“We are thrilled that Outdoor Retailer has selected Denver as the new home of its summer and winter trade shows and thankful to our visitors’ bureaus and so many other critical partners for making this happen,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. “We are excited to showcase Denver’s healthy lifestyle during this phenomenal event.”
He continued, ”For the first time, Denver surpassed 30 million annual visitors and for the 11th consecutive year we have generated record tourism numbers. Those visitors come to enjoy all that Denver has to offer, as well as to use our great city as a base camp for amazing outdoor adventures. We’re proud to foster this adventurous Colorado spirit and to help fuel our outdoor recreation industry.”
The shows bring together thousands of leaders in the outdoor recreation industry, representing some of the most iconic and emerging brands, as well as latest innovations and ideas, while also providing an opportunity for the industry to gather, discuss important policy initiatives and share innovations.
Governor John Hickenlooper highlighted the importance of having the Outdoor Retailer shows come to Colorado. “Outdoor recreation is core to our western way of life,” he said. “The industry plays a critical role in Colorado’s economy. It harmonizes the breath-taking vistas and the gritty, exciting entrepreneurial spirit Colorado is known for. Hosting the shows will build on this success and celebrate the reasons why we love to call Colorado home. Colorado is in a unique position to continue providing leadership and driving the national conversation in support of the industry and its economic contribution.”
The outdoor recreation industry in Colorado contributes US$2 billion in state and local tax revenue, and employs 229,000 Coloradoans. Launched in 2015, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office is one of only three offices in the US that provides a central point of contact, advocacy, resources and support at the state level for the diverse constituents, businesses, communities and groups that rely on the continued health of the outdoor recreation industry.
Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Executive Director Amy Roberts said “Outdoor recreation is a huge economic force in the state of Colorado. It generates US$28 billion in consumer spending annually and contributes a whopping 229,000 jobs and US$2 billion in state and local tax revenue. Colorado’s elected officials have shown significant leadership in promoting policies that ensure the outdoor recreation economy continues to thrive. OIA looks forward to having our industry gathering contribute to Denver’s economy and serve as a platform for collaboration that increases outdoor access and participation for all Americans.”
SnowSports Industries America (SIA), President, Nick Sargent, said “SIA is thrilled that the Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show will remain in Denver. In 2010, SIA brought the 50-year-old Snow Show to Colorado. Since then SIA, Denver and the state have worked together to build the best platform for the winter business, thereby laying the foundation for this announcement. Denver has been an outstanding partner to SIA and the winter industry, and we are excited to help grow the economic impact that the Outdoor Retailer shows and the SIA on-snow demo bring to the state.”
A recent report by OIA highlights that outdoor recreation is an economic force in the state of Colorado, generating US$28 billion in consumer spending annually. Also, the report showed that more than 71% of Colorado’s 5.7 million residents participate in outdoor recreation each year, reinforcing that ‘communities across Colorado recognize that outdoor recreation supports a healthy lifestyle, contributes to a high quality of life and – perhaps most importantly – attracts and sustains employers and families.’