Largest convention of the year headed to Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - One of the largest conventions of the year is headed to Cincinnati. Cincinnati USA says Educational Testing Services (ETS), a non-profit educational assessment organization, will bring 4,000 educators to the region with bookings of more than 24,000 hotel room nights and an estimated $7 million in delegate spending.

From June 1st until June 27th, ETS will moderate the College Board's 2011 Advanced Placement (AP) Reading, where teachers and college faculty members from around the world will gather to score free-response sections of AP Exams. Cincinnati USA was chosen as one of five cities across the United States to host the organization this summer.

Educators participating in the AP Reading will experience intensive collegial exchange and secondary school Readers will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for their participation. The specific AP Exams being scored in Cincinnati include Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Science, French, German, Spanish, Music Theory and Studio Art.

"We're very excited to host ETS and the important work it's doing for students and educators across the country," said Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Our region's hospitality professionals are energized about our busy convention schedule and ready to give all of our visitors a memorable experience."

Cincinnati USA will continue to host thousands of visitors throughout the summer as the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Prince Hall Shriners and the Elks all bring their annual conventions and millions of dollars in economic impact to Cincinnati USA, in what will be the region's strongest convention year since 2000.

The Cincinnati USA CVB is coming off of its sixth straight year of growth in 2010 in its two most important industry metrics: future hotel room bookings and the related economic impact conventions bring to the region, which reached a six-year high of $59.6 million. 2011 is shaping up to be even better and future year bookings are strong, including the World Choir Games in 2012, the National Fraternal Order of Police Conference in 2013, the National Urban League Annual Conference in 2014 and the American Legion Annual Convention in 2016.

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