Columbus’ energy ready to electrify Democratic National Convention

cmh SkylineColumbus, OH USA – The Democratic National Committee has announced that Columbus is on its short list of just three contenders to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC), and Columbus’ hospitality community is eager to welcome thousands of DNC delegates, media and national leaders to the city to show off its signature blend of world-class arts, culinary offerings, warmth, openness, creativity and brilliance. 

Columbus is noted as one of the world’s most collaborative cities, offering uncommon walkability and the proximity of more than 26,000 hotel rooms to major venues, including 19,500-seat Nationwide Arena and 105,000-seat Ohio Stadium (“The Shoe”) at The Ohio State University. Teamed with creative transit options, such as Uber, Lyft, Car2Go, CoGo Bikeshare, CBUS Circulator and other choices, the city’s transportation plan will make it a breeze to move delegates, the media and leaders throughout the convention footprint.

Stylish new hotels will open in time to welcome the DNC in 2016. Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph, opens in January 2015 in the Short North Arts District. A boutique Marriott Autograph Collection property also will open in 2015 in the heart of downtown at Columbus’ historic LeVeque Tower, revered for its stunning Art Deco architecture. Additionally, three hotels developed by Columbus-based Indus will open; two near The Ohio State University and one in Dublin.

“Locals, visitors and the international business, fashion and culinary communities have already discovered that Columbus is a new American city that’s on the forefront of community planning, development and experience,” said Brian Ross, president and CEO of Experience Columbus.  “We are beyond excited to have the chance to introduce delegates, the media and others who will attend or watch the Democratic National Convention to our dynamic city and give them the very best experience.”

Ross outlined a few of the assets that Columbus looks forward to showcasing during the 2016 Democratic National Convention, including:

  • One of the country’s most impressive culinary scenes, which is being lauded by individual visitors via social media, as well as national media
  • The nation’s #3 fashion center, with a design and creative community larger than any other S. city besides New York and Los Angeles
  • An inclusive and innovative urban development strategy that leverages the arts to revitalize neighborhoods, help launch businesses and create jobs
  • A long list of bona fide superlatives, including rankings as or among the nation’s most livable, entrepreneurial, affordable, dynamic, open-minded, gay-friendly and artistic communities

As capital of a crucial “swing state,” Columbus has hosted multiple significant – often overlapping – events. These include the 2013 PGA Presidents Cup; the annual Arnold Classic Weekend, the world’s largest multi-sports festival; the annual All American Quarter Horse Congress, with 650,000 attendees; and 150,000 Ohio State Football fans who gather at “The Shoe” on football Saturdays. In addition to working to attract the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Columbus also welcomes the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in January and the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four.

Columbus is a city unlike any other. Vibrant and alive, Ohio’s capital is known for its open attitude, smart style and entrepreneurial spirit.  Columbus’ uncommon blend of neighborhoods, arts and culinary experiences, events, attractions and accommodations are made unforgettable by its diversity of outgoing locals who warmly welcome visitors.  Free travel guides, maps, online booking and detailed information are available at or 866.397.2657 (866.EXP.COLS). Visitor information is also available on Facebook: and, Twitter: @ExpCols and Pinterest.


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Weirick Communications is the public relations agency representing Experience Columbus.