Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Tourism and hospitality are two industries hit hard during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With the vaccine getting into more arms, the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau is crafting a way forward out of the pandemic.

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Downtown Cincinnati is in the midst of a hotel boom. Depending on who you talk to, there are seven or eight under construction, or in the planning stages. It's an exciting time, according to the vice president of communications for the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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The Cincinnati Music Festival, now in its 56th year, is expected to pump millions of dollars into the city's economy this weekend. The Cincinnati USA Visitor's & Convention Bureau estimates the 83,000 attendees, 80 percent of whom are from out of town, will spend $107 million.

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Tourism is a rapidly expanding market, and at the forefront of the industry is the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. According to a recent report the organization published, in 2016, more than 26 million people visited the Cincinnati region, spending $5 billion collectively, driven by spending on food and beverage, retail and lodging. Tourism generates $1.1 billion in tax revenue, including state and local taxes, and more than 77,000 jobs are sustained through the industry.

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This year marks the tenth year of the Regional Tourism Network, which was created to promote the entire 15 county region to visitors.  President and CEO Linda Antus says the network is unique because there aren't many metropolitan areas that span three states and still work together for tourism. 

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The NAACP has chosen Cincinnati as the site of its 2016 national convention, an event that will bring nearly 10,000 people to the city – and is likely to draw the 2016 presidential candidates as well.

The NAACP last held its national convention here in 2008, a presidential election year; and it drew then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and GOP nominee John McCain to the Duke Energy Convention Center. 2016, too, is a presidential election year; and the July event can be expected to draw presidential candidates and other national political figures.

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Thousands of firefighters are converging on Cincinnati for the 52nd biennial convention of the International Association of Firefighters, which starts Monday.  During a press conference Friday to welcome them, Convention and Visitors Bureau Chair Delores Hargrove-Young said the IAFF will  have an economic impact of more than $2 million for the region, and is part of a  busy month for the city's convention business:

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The National Square Dance Convention is coming back to Cincinnati after 25 years.  The Cincinnati U-S-A Convention and Visitors Bureau is announcing Tuesday morning the city will host the event in July 2017.