Cincinnati lands 2016 NAACP convention in key election year

NAACP convention

Local leadership group that helped bring the 2016 NAACP convention to Cincinnati

Expect to hear a lot more about Ohio as the 2016 presidential election nears. The latest group to announce that it’s meeting in the state is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which will hold its annual convention in Cincinnati July 9-12, 2016.

“By selecting Cincinnati, the NAACP is placing its most important annual event in one of the nation’s pivotal 2016 presidential election swing states,” said Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. “We welcome the important dialogue that will happen here in Cincinnati as part of the NAACP convention and appreciate the opportunity to host the national influencers and leaders who will be driving those conversations.”

In July, Cleveland was selected to host the Republican National Convention, beating out Dallas. The Republican convention, which will be held in June or July, 2016, will take place Quicken Loans Arena, home of the NBA Cavaliers play.

Cincinnati anticipates that the NAACP convention will draw nearly 10,000 attendees to the Duke Energy Convention Center. Visitors are expected to use 7,550 hotel room nights and deliver an economic impact of more than $2.2 million to the region.

The NAACP also held its annual convention in Cincinnati in 2008, serving as a springboard to push the city into the meeting spotlight. Both Barack Obama and John McCain addressed attendees during the five-day event, and presidential candidates from both parties are expected to attend in 2016.

“This opportunity is another chance to showcase Cincinnati on the national stage,” said Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It shows that we’re committed to economic viability and attracting the most prestigious events in the world. And it shows Cincinnati is a place that values diversity and celebrates the African American heritage and culture that so deeply defines our region.”

In the past 10 years, Cincinnati has hosted or booked 15 of the top 25 largest multicultural conventions in the United States. These meetings account for more than 140,000 room nights in the region and $42 million in spending.