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RNC economic impact: two studies, two different results

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 20, 2016: A red-white-and-blue elephant stands in front of the downtown Marriott Hotel with a donation bucket during the Republican National Convention. (Shutterstock)

Two reports, two different conclusions on how much of an economic boost Cleveland received from hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention in July.  Researchers with Tourism Economics said it was $188 million, with $110 million in direct spending. An earlier study by Cleveland State University had lower  figures, $142 million and $68 million, respectively. Why the differences, and what are we to make of the results?  Was the RNC worth the cost and the effort?  ideastream's Amy Eddings talks with David Gilbert, CEO of Destination Cleveland and the head of the Cleveland Host Committee for the RNC.




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