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Visit Salt Lake recently won the bid to host the 2015 Annual Meeting for the Society of Environmental Toxicology (SETAC). Scheduled for November 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center, this citywide convention will attract approximately 2,500 attendees and generate more than $2.3 million in direct attendee spending.*
SETAC is a worldwide professional society focused on the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems. The Society provides a forum where scientists, managers and other professionals exchange information and ideas for the development and use of multidisciplinary scientific principles and practices leading to sustainable environmental quality.
Visit Salt Lake's bid for SETAC's 2015 annual meeting began immediately after it convened in Salt Lake in 2002. VSL's Convention Sales Director Chris Peterson worked to win the support of both SETAC's third-party planning firm and the staff of SETAC, whose decision-makers were brought to Salt Lake for several site inspections and given a comprehensive bid presentation that included detailed information regarding the Salt Palace Convention Center, convention district hotels, local attractions, dining, demographics, attractions and activities.
Salt Lake eventually secured the bid, besting Denver, Phoenix and San Diego. One of the key reasons the SETAC board selected Salt Lake was the community's commitment to sustainable environmental practices, such as installing one of the nation's largest rooftop solar arrays atop the Salt Palace.
*Total visitor spending figures are based on surveys of convention delegates conducted by the University of Utah’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR). Surveys conducted by BEBR over the last five years indicate the average delegate spends $923 while attending a convention in Salt Lake.