Outdoor recreation contributes more than $6.4B to the economy, employs more than 83,000 people, and is the primary driver behind the tourism industry. Not only does Utah outdoor recreation create $737 million in state and local tax revenues, but it's also the reason for $3.2B in wages and salaries.
In 2013, recognizing the significant contribution of outdoor products and recreation to Utah's economy and quality of life, Gov. Gary Herbert created the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation — the first such office in the nation.
The office is working to establish a nationwide recreation management standard. It's also responsible for ensuring that the state's natural assets can sustain economic growth for years to come.
The private sector is a crucial partner in Utah's success, and our state is committed to responsibly partnering with the business community.