Cincinnati courts largest convention in years

Cincinnati courts largest convention in years

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Top decision makers of Lions Club International, the world's largest service club association, are visiting Cincinnati this week to review the city's bid to host its 2021 International Convention.

It would represent one of the largest conventions booked in the Queen City since the 2012 World Choir Games and one of the largest meetings booked in the past decade, according to Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Lions 2021 convention could bring up to 18,000 attendees using more than 30,000 hotel room nights and delivering more than $9 million in visit spending to the region,bureau officials said in a prepared statement.

Cincinnati is one of three finalists for the event.

A decision is expected by March 1.

Two Lions convention representatives arrived Monday and will be here through Wednesday.

They plan to visit Downtown hotels, take a driving tour of the region and meet with local civic and business leaders at a special event hosted at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

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