All Eyes are on Cleveland

Cleveland is proud to host the Republican National Convention July 18 – 21, 2016!

With all eyes on Cleveland, this is an incredible opportunity for Clevelanders and Northeast Ohio residents to take pride in our city and help change Cleveland's narrative by becoming a part of this historic event.

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2016 RNC Convention by the Numbers

One of the greatest advantages to Cleveland hosting the 2016 RNC Convention is the estimated economic impact it will bring to Northeast Ohio.

  • $200M Direct spending for the 2012 RNC Convention in Tampa
  • 5K Hotel Rooms Requested In Downtown Cleveland
  • 16K Hotel Rooms Requested In Northeast Ohio
  • 50K Visitors
  • 15K Credentialed Media
Cleveland's Renaissance

Cleveland offers a rich assortment of world-class arts, culture, rock and roll, a nationally recognized culinary scene and a Great Lake crafting the city's allure.

Over the past five years, Cleveland has been enjoying a renaissance fueled by billions of dollars in public and private investment attracting more visitors to the city than ever before.

  • $16.7M In Northeast Ohio Infrastructure Development
  • $3B In Visitor-Related Infrastructure Development
  • 19 Downtown Hotels By 2016 including 4 new properties
Building On
  • 16.2M Visitors to Cleveland in 2013
  • $7.4B In Economic Impact From Direct and Indirect Sales

The Host Committee

The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee, Inc. is an Ohio nonprofit corporation with no political affiliation that is responsible for organizing, hosting and funding the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Their mission is to promote Northeast Ohio and ensure Cleveland is best represented in addition to lessening the burden of local governments in hosting the RNC Convention.

The Host Committee is comprised of prominent business executives, civic leaders and other influential leaders from across Cleveland, the state of Ohio, and the nation who are dedicated to ensuring the RNC Convention’s success.

Cleveland 2016 Host Committee Appoints David Gilbert President and CEO

7/22/14 Cleveland RNC Site Visit
7/22/14 Former Cleveland 2016 Host Committee President and CEO, Terry Egger speaking at the Cleveland RNC Site Visit
7/22/14 Cleveland RNC Site Visit
7/22/14 RNC Chairman Reince Priebus speaking at the Cleveland RNC site visit
7/22/14 Enid Mickelsen, Chairwoman of the RNC Site Selection Committee
Have A Question?
  • What is the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee?
  • Who plans the convention?

    The Committee on Arrangements (COA) is the group responsible for planning and managing the Republican National Convention. This group is appointed by the Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman, Reince Priebus.

  • What are some advantages to hosting the RNC Convention in Cleveland?

    (1) The greatest advantage of hosting the 2016 RNC is the estimated economic impact it will bring to Greater Cleveland. While it’s tough to project exactly what this number will be for the 2016 RNC in Cleveland, we do know that the 2012 RNC in Tampa had an economic impact of more than $200 million in direct spending.

    (2) The impact of hosting this convention far exceeds the economic impact. Long after the last delegate departs, our region will benefit from an exposure multiplier due to the millions of potential investors, residents and visitors who will get to see and experience our city.

  • Is the convention going to take place at any local venues or attractions?

    Quicken Loans Arena will serve as the main convention area. It’s the third-largest arena in the NBA seating 20,562 people and has undergone more than $130 million in improvements.

  • What hotels are going to be used for the convention?

    Northeast Ohio will provide 16,000 hotel rooms, which will include 1,000 suites to be utilized by the convention.

    By 2016, Downtown Cleveland will offer 19 hotels providing nearly 5,000 rooms within a 15-minute walk of Quicken Loans Arena, the main convention area. There also are approximately 1,100 dorm units and 500 apartments Downtown that will be utilized for the convention.

    Since the date was announced, nearly all hotel rooms in Northeast Ohio are booked. Hotel blocks extend out to Beachwood and Fairlawn, each only a 30-minute drive from Downtown.

    For information on securing rooms, please contact Mike Burns, Sr. Vice President of Convention Sales and Services, Destination Cleveland at

  • How can I get tickets to the convention?

    The Republican National Convention is not open to the public. Political conventions are for delegates from each state and U.S. territories. The delegates are elected officials from the party and others who have achieved rank within the party organization. If you have any additional questions, please visit

  • How can I get involved and volunteer?
  • Who do I contact if I want to rent out my home during the convention?

    The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee is not organizing any effort that allows members of the community to rent out their homes during the convention. For more information, interested parties should work directly with Howard Hanna by visiting

    The Host Committee is not providing assistance or recommendations regarding the renting of private residences before or during the Convention, however, the Host Committee is aware that Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has been named the official real estate provider of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County. The Host Committee makes no representations or warranties as to the services that Howard Hanna may provide or the quality of such services. The Host Committee assumes no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any loss or damage suffered by any person as a result of the engagement of Howard Hanna or rental of property for the Convention and specifically DISCLAIMS LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.
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Get involved and sign up below to be notified of volunteer needs and procedures for the Republican National Convention taking place July 18 – 21, 2016.

Become A Sponsor of the 2016 RNC Convention in Cleveland

The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee has put together unique sponsorship packages that will raise the visibility and profile of your company.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

The Fundraising Advisory Committee at

*Sponsorship packages start at $100,000.

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