Cleveland: 11 million visitors expected downtown in 2013

1:59 AM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Positively Cleveland, the convention and visitors bureau for the region, estimates 11 million people will visit downtown in 2013.

That's up from 9 million in 2012 and 5 million in 2011.

A visitor could be anyone from a neighboring suburb to a far away country.

Director of Communications Lexie Hotchkiss attributes the growth in visitors to several projects coming to fruition this year.

The Medical Mart and Convention Center will open in July.

The World Senior Games will also be held here in July.

Phase 1 of the $275 million Flats Redevelopment Project will be complete this spring, including the Aloft Hotel and Ernst & Young offices.

Combined with regional projects that stretch as far as Cedar Point and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the tourism could have a residual effect that keeps more visitors coming.


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