The Value of Art

By Bill Ligety
Mar 24, 2017

Experts at Sotheby's share important criteria in evaluating art. Ten interesting videos explore authenticity, condition, rarity, provenance, historical importance, size, fashion, subject matter, medium, and quality. Click here to watch the series.

Unique Utah Ski Adventures

By Bill Ligety
Mar 01, 2017

Whether you are visiting the Salt Lake City area or looking for a new adventure, this article lists a dozen unique Utah ski experiences. Click here to read "12 Incredible Ski Experiences You Can Only Have In Utah."

Park City Ranked One of the Best Small Cities by Conde Nast

By Bill Ligety
Feb 15, 2017

Conde Nast Traveler announced this fall that Park City is one of the best small cities in the United States. Ranked Number 6, Park City is the second ski town on the list. Click here to review the top 15 cities.

Top 7 Reasons Park City is America's Favorite Town

By Bill Ligety
Dec 05, 2016

"Come for a visit, and you'll soak in enough magic to last all year long," wrote Suzy Strutner in The Huffington Post article announcing seven top reasons why Park City is America's Favorite Town. While the number one reason is the ski slopes, the second draw is the summer mountain lifestyle. We often hear that people come for the winters, but stay for the summers. Read the full Huffington Post article by clicking here.

Sundance Film Announcement

By Bill Ligety
Dec 01, 2016

The snow is accumulating as we kick off the winter season! One of Park City's biggest events of the year is the Sundance Film Festival. In anticipation of the January 19-29 screenings, sixty-six film titles have been announced. Click here to read the full article.

Does Sundance have an impact on Utah’s economy? You bet it does!

By Bill Ligety
Jun 17, 2016

A new study by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah evaluated the economic statistics surrounding the Sundance Film Festival, which generated $143M this year. Attendance and the prices spent on food and beverages increased in 2016 compared to the previous year improving the estimated state and local tax revenue. While the study for lodging data will be revisited, festival goers have already begun to book lodging for 2017. Funds spent on rental cars shifted toward alternative transportation such as shuttle buses, ride-sharing services and Uber, all of which helped to alleviate parking concerns in town. The influx of national and international attendees benefited local businesses as well as the employees. For the full article, please visit here.

Sundance 2015 Contributed Over $80 Million To State Economy

By Bill Ligety
May 19, 2015

Sundance brings more than just movies and celebrities to Utah. According to an article in The Park Record, by the time the closing credits of the Sundance Film Festival rolled in February, the festival put $83.4 million into the state economy, indicating a cast of industry insiders, film lovers and others spent money in a wide range of categories while they were in Park City.

The $83.4 million figure is the amount of money that the festival added to the gross state product. It is a broad reading on Sundance's impact on the economy. The number was down slightly from the $86.4 million added to the gross state product in 2014, according to Sundance. The tally was up from the five-year average of approximately $78 million, though. The festival has long been Park City's most lucrative special event.

"It's that consistency. We love to see people want to still gather," Sarah Pearce, the managing director of Sundance, said.

The Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Utah annually compiles the report. It was based on surveys of 810 people who attended the festival. The surveys were conducted in Park City and the Sundance locations outside of Park City.

Some of the major spending categories included:

  • $28.6 million on lodging
  • $15 million on meals
  • $9.2 million on unspecified retail purchases.
  • $4.4 million on recreation and entertainment
  • $3.2 million on car rentals
  • $1.8 million on unspecified other forms of transportation

    People from outside of Utah spent far more than state residents in each of the categories

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