One of the more “visible” services of county government is tourism. Each year visitors to Utah spend hundreds of millions of dollars, staying in hotels, eating in restaurants, visiting venues, and utilizing other services.
There are two kinds of visitors, those who come for fun and those who here for work. For that purpose counties have created either tourism offices, in the more rural counties, or convention/visitor bureaus, in the urban counties. Both offices have similar functions and goals – they work to promote Utah, and particularly their communities, as interesting and fun places to visit.
Some counties have also either built or partnered with cities to build convention centers, fair and rodeo grounds, and other venues. These facilities are not only beneficial to the local community as a place to gather, but also provide out-of-town event organizers a place to hold conferences and events for groups located outside the community.