Cincinnati lands major convention

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The American Legion, the nation's largest veterans service organization with more than 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide, has selected Cincinnati as the site for its 98th National Convention in August 2016.

The convention will bring more than 9,500 attendees to its 2016 convention.

The convention will utilize more than 18,400 hotel room nights and inject upwards of $15 million into the Cincinnati USA economy, according to American Legion officials.

This will make it one of the largest convention bookings in the history of Cincinnati USA.

"The American Legion is known the world over for its commitment to our veterans and our communities, and we couldn't be more honored to host this venerable organization in 2016," said Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Not only will the win have a profound economic impact on the region, but it also illustrates the power and potential of effective collaboration between Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati."

The Cincinnati USA CVB partnered with the Northern Kentucky CVB to bring this convention win to the region. The Cincinnati USA region beat out cities such as Los Angeles, Detroit and Columbus, building on its successful track record in attracting and hosting sought-after meetings and conventions.

After site inspections of the four finalist destinations by the Legion's National Convention Commission in February and final presentations by each city earlier this month, Mike Walton, National Convention Chairman, notified the Cincinnati USA team that it had been selected.

"The American Legion has had a powerful presence in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky from the very beginnings of our organization after World War I," said Walton. "The history is there, and from the beginning of the bid process, the Cincinnati USA team brought great energy and enthusiasm while addressing every detail to ensure that our attendees have the very best convention experience in 2016."

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