(DOUG JESSOPJESSOP’ JOURNEYS) Here’s a interesting fact, BYU has 1,000,000 visitors annually for sporting events, performing arts, graduation, student visitors, etc. It would definitely be a safe statement to say that Provo is a hospitality center.

As the general manager of Provo’s newest hotel, the Hyatt Place Hotel, Joel Racker is no stranger to the hospitality industry. I was surprised to learn that the Hyatt was built about three years old and is now the second hotel in downtown Provo because of the recent growth of events and tourism.

My goal with Jessop’s Journeys is to find “people, places and things you might not know about.” Joel shared the following gems about hospitality in Provo.

  • 3 major conference and convention centers; Utah Valley Convention Center, Provo Marriott Conference Center, BYU Conference Center
  • 1500+ motel / hotel rooms
  • Hundreds of conventions & conferences annually
  • Tens of thousands of convention & conference visitors annually
  • BYU has 1,000,000 visitors annually
  • Covey Center for the Arts, 25,000+ customers annually

There are more than 20,000 incorporated communities in America. While many are prospering, others are struggling. Provo City is setting the city standard, not just locally, but nationally, as shown by its being named the nation’s 2001’s Best-Run City.

So what is the secret sauce that Provo City has discovered that has earned them the moniker “Central Business District of Utah County?”

City leaders call it “The Provo Advantage.” What don’t you know about Provo? You can sign up for a monthly email at ProvoConnect.com to find out.


Everyone has a story. I strongly feel that “stories have power”. Chances are that if you are going through something, that someone else probably has as well. The shared experiences we humans have can help each other. That my friend makes the point that stories “help us understand each other.”

You don’t have to agree with everyone, but in my opinion, if people would take more time getting to knowing more about others and where they are coming from, we just might find out that we have more similarities than differences.

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It’s my honor to be able to share, Jessop’s Journal, a 30-minute collection of Powerful, Positive and Inspirational Stories every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on ABC4 to all of Utah along with parts of Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona. Jessop’s Journal is also available worldwide at JessopsJournal.com.

With another entry into Jessop’s Journeys, “People, Places & Things you might not know about”, I’m Doug Jessop.

Doug Jessop
For Doug Jessop, it all started with a cassette recorder he got for Christmas when he was 12 years old growing up in Southern California. Doug interviewed relatives, friends and anyone else that might have a good story. You can follow Doug at www.DougJessop.com, on YouTube.com/DougJessop, and @DougJessopNews on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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