Conferences pull events from Salt Lake over abortion, transgender laws
SALT LAKE CITY — Two conferences have pulled out of hosting conventions in Salt Lake due to Utah’s abortion and transgender athlete laws.
Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, the largest professional research ethics organization, would have brought 2,400 people to Salt Lake City in November according to Visit Salt Lake Vice President of Communications & Public Relations, Karen Boe.
After careful consideration, we have decided to transition PRIMR22 from an in-person meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, to an all-virtual meeting. This event will now take place on December 12-15, 2022. https://t.co/yW9Eti6sBO
— Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (@primrconnect) July 26, 2022
The American Society for Human Genetics expected 7,300 people in Salt Lake City in October 2028 said Boe.
She adds both Salt Lake conferences were canceled for the same reason — because of Utah’s abortion and transgender athlete laws.
Economic impact of loss of Salt Lake conferences
Visit Salt Lake used research from the Kem C. Gardiner Institute to estimate the cost. They said that conference attendees spend an average of $971 per visitor when they are in Salt Lake City.
Meaning that those two conferences totaling 9,700 people would have brought with them more than $9.4 million in average attendee spending.
- Judge issues preliminary injunction, Utah abortion trigger law still blocked
- Lawmaker seeks to remove felony statute from Utah’s abortion trigger law
- House passes bill restricting transgender students in sports
- Lawmakers overturn Gov. Cox’s veto on transgender athlete bill, make change immediately after
Today’s Top Stories
- How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal
- Ogden man in jail after allegedly shaking 8-week-old baby
- Breaking: Teen missing from Layton found safe in Salt Lake City
- 200-year-old tree explodes in Portland due to heat wave
- UTA releases video of the moments before woman was hit by FrontRunner
- Number of visitors to Arches National Park is on the decline
- Layton Police say search continues for teenager missing from treatment center
- Refinery flares are normal says Utah Department of Environmental Quality
- Woman dies after being struck by FrontRunner in Salt Lake City
- Code enforcement officer killed in WVC