The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee Hits the Road

The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee Hits the Road Beth A. Kapes2016 Host Committee

The Republican National Convention may be confined to the walls of Quicken Loans Arena (The Q) this July, but the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee, responsible for organizing, hosting and funding the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, is getting out into the community to explain how engaging with and supporting the Convention is more about taking pride in hosting 50,000 visitors in our city. To do this, the 2016 #ThisisCLE Mobile Tour is traveling throughout the city.

Since its debut in 2014, Destination Cleveland’s #ThisisCLE Mobile Tour has attracted thousands of residents to celebrate their city pride. Now, the convention and visitors bureau for Greater Cleveland has partnered with the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee to take the 2016 #ThisisCLE Mobile Tour on the road. Launched at the Cleveland Cavalier’s first Round 1 postseason game against the Detroit Pistons at The Q on Sunday, April 17, the mobile tour’s Cleveland-themed truck with patriotic wrap highlights the Host Committee’s role in the Convention preparation as being about Cleveland pride, not politics. The iconic larger-than-life letters that spell out “#ThisisCLE” also travel with the tour.

The goal of the tour is to educate Northeast Ohio residents about the impact the 2016 Republican National Convention will have on Cleveland and its future. The Host Committee is the non-political organization responsible for organizing, hosting and funding the 2016 Republican National Convention.

“The partnership between Destination Cleveland and the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee is a natural fit,” said David Gilbert, president and CEO, Destination Cleveland and the Host Committee. “The work of the two organizations dovetails as they are both responsible for promoting the region in support of major citywide initiatives like the Convention.”

As part of the support of the Host Committee, Cleveland Ambassadors will be on-site with the Mobile Tour truck to provide information about the Convention’s importance to Cleveland and to encourage residents to get involved in the effort to best represent Northeast Ohio to the world. In addition to making appearances at all Cavs playoff home games in Gateway Plaza for three to four hours before tipoff until the end of each game, dates and places the #Thisis CLE Mobile Tour truck can be found include:

May 15: Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon (at the finish line, 7am-1pm).
May 21: Cleveland Asian Festival (time still TBD).
June 4: Legacy Village Art Show, Beachwood (noon-4pm).
June 26: Crocker Rocks event at Crocker Park, Westlake (3pm-7pm).

Locals can follow the Mobile Tour on Twitter at @HappyinCLE and @2016CLE.