Cleveland, OH, United States (4E) – Cleveland will host the Republican National Convention in 2016, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus announced on Tuesday.
The RNC’s 12-member site selection committee chose the Ohio city over Dallas, Texas for the convention to be held either on June 28 or July 18, 2016. One reason was to get the support the swing state’s voters for the GOP’s presidential candidate in 2016.
The selection of the convention host started with eight cities, including Denver, Cincinnati, Columbus, Ohio; Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas and Phoenix. The site selection committee eliminated Denver and Kansas City in late June leaving Cleveland and Dallas as the finalists.
“I’m confident Cleveland is the right pick for our next national convention,” said Enid Mickelsen, the chairwoman of the RNC’s site selection committee, according to Cleveland.com. “Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy, and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention.”
The RNC estimated that 16,000 hotel rooms will be needed for the convention in the host city. Cleveland has 17,000 rooms within a 45-minute drive of downtown and 5,000 rooms in the immediate downtown area, the party said.
Cleveland, considered the third-poorest city in the U.S., is expected to reap huge economic benefits as convention host like what Tampa did in hosting the 2012 RNC. The 50,000 people who flocked to the convention pumped in $200 million to the Florida city and the state’s economies.