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December 2020

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A Season of Thanks!

As we wrap up a year that will undoubtedly go down as one of the most challenging for the Salt Lake hospitality community and the tourism industry as a whole, I owe a great deal of thanks and sincere gratitude to so many individuals and organizations that have helped steer me through my first nine months in this role.

The Executive Committee, and entire VSL Board, offered incredible insight and support through the interim and transition, particularly Taylor Vriens, our Board Chair. Trust me when I say I leaned on Taylor’s knowledge and incredibly positive outlook a number of times as I navigated both my new role and the impact of COVID-19 on our collective community, which literally came to light on my first day.

I also owe a debt of gratitude to the entire VSL staff for their ability to pivot in order to address the most pressing needs of our members, stakeholders, community and clients; I’m humbled to call this collective group “my team.” A genuine “Thanks“ also goes to our community and industry partners, including Vicki Varela and her amazing team at the UOT, with whom we were able to collaborate on a number of programs to assist the County and State’s hospitality community, such as KSL’s Mighty Main Street, which features local businesses making up the fabric of both Salt Lake as well as that of Utah’s rural landscape.

I’d be remiss if I failed to give a very special and sincere “Thank you!” to Mayor Jenny Wilson and her incredibly supportive team at the County. Through all of the challenges 2020 has presented, the County has been nothing short of amazing, creative and supportive. This is particularly true of their full support of our seemingly endless request for CARES Act grants, funds that have allowed us to implement programs to assist you, our valued members, including GBAC Accreditation, our “Salt Lake Bound = FREEdom Found” promotion and the creation of the VSL Media Center, to name but a few.

And speaking of the media center, this facility is being designed to assist with our recovery efforts and will enhance future meetings, conventions and events—an asset meeting professionals are now looking for and expecting. Speaking of future group business, it’s important to note that our sales team has booked 120 groups in 2020 that will bring to Salt Lake nearly 500,000 attendees and add more than $350 million to our visitor economy.

And lastly, thank you, our members and partners, for all you do and your continued support of Visit Salt Lake.

 Kaitlin Eskelson

Kaitlin Eskelson

The Natural History Museum of Utah & Carrie Levitt-Bussian

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The Natural History Museum of Utah
& Paleontologist Carrie Levitt-Bussian

The Natural History Museum of Utah houses an incredible collection of natural wonders. With galleries dedicated to Utah’s botany, mineralogy, zoology, entomology, anthropology and more, all housed in the beautiful and artfully designed Rio Tinto Center, the museum is a must-visit on any trip to Salt Lake. One of the highlights of the museum, however, are the paleontology collections displayed in a breathtaking gallery of dinosaur wonders.

In this Salt of the Earth video, Carrie Levitt-Bussian, one of the museum’s paleontologists and the collections manager, will take you backstage to see this world-class museum where she manages the organization of more than 50,000 paleontology specimens.

Members Only Facebook Group

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Tip of the Month
Members Only Facebook Group

By popular demand, our Partner Development Team has created a private Members Only Facebook Group. This is your forum to keep "in the know" regarding all of the happenings at VSL and an opportunity to connect with fellow Visit Salt Lake members. With recurring themes such as Techy Tuesday, which will focus on Member Portal best practices, and Staff Highlights, which will familiarize our partners with our dedicated team, we know you will find the content engaging and fun.

If you have an idea, suggestion or question about this new benefit please reach out to Miranda Maisto.


It’s the festive holiday season, and there is still no better way to celebrate than by enjoying a delicious meal from one of your favorite restaurants.

While seating may be limited, dining establishments are ready to serve you with a variety of dine-in, take-out and delivery options and we encourage you to support our dining community by visiting one of the many diverse (and delicious!) options available in Salt Lake County. For a full list of restaurants, go to

Thank You

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Thank You

Normally this space is reserved to feature new members but since this is our final newsletter of the year, our team thought it would be appropriate to change things up a bit.

And speaking of change, this certainly has been a year like no other. From pandemics, earthquakes and windstorms, 2020 will go down in the books as one where we have all had to adapt to new norms, alter our businesses and adjust to a world of social distancing, mask wearing and a certain amount of isolation from family, friends and work associates. But despite these challenges, 2020 has also shown us how resilient our community is and how, working together, we will come out of these challenges stronger than ever.

So from all of us on the Partner Development team, thank you. Thank you for your partnership with our organization, thank you for supporting the work that we do and thank you for being one of the many reasons visitors have such a positive and memorable experience when they visit our beautiful city and state. We look forward to working (and playing!) with all of you in the coming year and wish you a safe and healthy holiday season.

The Partner Development Team — Judy, Miranda, Cristina, Elizabeth and Bill

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