The news that the Republicans have chosen Cleveland for their 2016 national convention has buoyed hopes of Philadelphia’s tourism infrastructure that the Democrats will select Philadelphia for their convention.
“We think New York is our number one competitor,” Julie Coker Graham, vice president of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, told the Pennsylvania Convention Center Board at its monthly meeting Friday. She said that because the Republicans chose Cleveland, it is unlikely that the Democrats will choose Columbus, Ohio. That leaves Philadelphia, Birmingham, Phoenix and Brooklyn in the running.
The Democratic National Committee’s site selection team, she said, will travel by bus from Brooklyn to visit Philadelphia on Aug. 13 and 14, staying at the Radisson Blu Warwick. If the Democrats do pick Philadelphia for the 2016 event, she said, most of the convention action would take place at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia, but the Convention Center would host many caucus meetings.
In preparation, she said, the bureau is negotiating with the American Chemical Society to move its 2016 convention, scheduled for Aug. 21 to Aug. 25, back one week to accommodate the political convention.
-- Jane M. Von Bergen