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Newspaper reports Outdoor Retailer is headed to Denver, but still no news on Interbike's 2018 venue

Published July 5, 2017

DENVER (BRAIN) — The Denver Post, citing anonymous sources, is reporting that the Summer and Winter Outdoor Retailer trade shows will be held in the Mile High City for the next five years, starting with the winter show next February.

The Post said the agreement between Denver convention officials and Emerald Expositions, Outdoor Retailer's parent, does not include Interbike, which Emerald also owns.

Interbike's vice president, Pat Hus, told BRAIN in an email Wednesday, "No news on us, unfortunately. Getting closer though, so stay tuned. Very exciting for OR though."

Emerald spokesperson Chris Goddard did not confirm the Post's report, but noted that there will be an announcement Thursday in Denver. She said the announcement will include Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and officials from the state Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry.

"I cannot, however, share any details about the announcement in advance, so I hope you'll be able to join us on Thursday," Goddard said.

OR has been held in Salt Lake City for 19 years, but announced this winter that it would be leaving Utah following this summer's show, in part because of the controversy over the state's position on federal lands, including the newly created Bears Ears National Monument. 

OR recently acquired the SIA Snow Show, and announced it would hold a combined Winter Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show event in Denver next February. 

Interbike has been considering a move since late last year and has received bids from several cities, including Denver. Like OR, the bike show has ruled out Utah.

Emerald Expositions also owns Bicycle Retailer, which is operated under license by NBDA Services Inc.


Topics associated with this article: Tradeshows and conferences, Interbike

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