ROCKFORD (WREX) — Milwaukee, Wisconsin is set to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, but some say it could have an impact on the Stateline.
“I think we often see things on the far east cost or the far west cost and so to bring it back to the heartland is a really wonderful thing,” Rockford’s Mayor Tom McNamara says.
According to the Rockford Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Milwaukee doesn’t have enough hotel rooms to accommodate all those people.
That means they will have to find a place to stay elsewhere.
“Media travels not just from across the country, but across the world, delegates from each and every state,” John Groh the CEO and President of the RACVB says.
Groh says it’s not uncommon that those visitors might have to travel find a hotel room about two hours away. That means they could end up staying in the Rockford area.
“I think economically it’s a win in that people are going to be traveling into the convention could be staying here,” Groh says. “Not only during the convention, but the week leading up to it.”
However, local tourism experts say it’s hard to tell exactly how much of an impact the convention could have on the Stateline.
“We have 3,000 hotel nights, rooms here in Winnebago County we could look at the economic impact, but filling those rooms having people who would be sleeping here, eating here and traveling into Milwaukee could be really sizable,” Groh says.
The Democratic National Convention is set for July 13th through the 16th, 2020.