Charlotte Is Working On A Bid To Host The 2020 Republican National Convention

CHARLOTTE, NC.– Charlotte is working on a bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention. City leaders say they learned a lot when Charlotte hosted the DNC in 2012.

Right now the city is working with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority to submit a proposal. When Charlotte hosted the DNC, that brought in more than $163 million.

We’ve done it before, and city leaders say we can do it again.

“We know we can do and pair it with the fact that the city has grown a lot, we have a lot more hotel rooms than we did in 2012. A lot more factors at our disposal,” says Charlotte City Councilman Tariq Bokhari.

Flash back six years ago, the DNC brought 35,000 people to the Queen City.

Delegates stayed at hotels in Uptown, South Park, the University area, near the airport and even in Concord. In 2012, the Charlotte region had around 15,000 hotel rooms. The RNC would need a reported 16,000. Several new hotels are slated to open before 2020, adding hundreds of rooms.

“Without the ability to have hotel rooms and the capacity for all the delegations we wouldn’t be competitive, but we are this year,” says Mayor Vi Lyles.

Mayor Vi Lyles hopes if we get the RNC, the economic impact will exceed $100 million.

The proposal is due by the end of the month.