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Monday, May 22, 2006

Temple Square is Utah’s Top Tourist Draw

Mormon Temple SquareUtah’s national parks draw millions of tourists, but Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City draws more, according to this AP article carried by the Daily Herald newspaper.

“Travel brochures can boast about breathtaking Zion, Bryce and Arches national parks. Tourism promoters can roar about Dinosaur National Monument and hawk the state's high peaks.
“But Utah's hottest tourism destination is Temple Square and the campus around it, headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Covering three city blocks, the church's grounds in downtown Salt Lake City draw 3 million to 5 million visitors a year, the church and the state Office of Tourism said.

“By comparison, Utah's five national parks drew 5.3 million visitors in 2005, the tourism office said.

“And it's not just Mormons who tour the square's 15 attractions on the church's pioneer history, art, faith and genealogy.

"We're curious about their religion and their history," said Darlene Davis of Walker, La., who was also here on business. "But it's just curiosity. We're not interested in being converted or anything."

Read the entire article.

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