CLEVELAND -- Although the Republican National Convention is a year and a half away, the work is happening now to make sure Northeast Ohio is ready. More than just downtown Cleveland will see visitors, suburban cities are also preparing for the exposure.
"We're going to be advertising in state and regional publications that specifically cater to the RNC," says President of Beachwood Convention and Visitors Bureau, Patty Lampert."We'll be part of that through Positively Cleveland."
Lampert says there are eight hotels with a total of 1400 hotel rooms in Beachwood.
"Stats show that an overnight visitor spends over $300 a night per person, that includes lodging," she says. "If you just take that number and multiply it by 300 you can get an idea that it's going to be hundreds of thousands of dollars and that's for the whole community overall," she says.
Lampert says they're meeting with hoteliers monthly.
The city of Parma doesn't have the same hotel stock as Beachwood, but they will be marketing their Ukrainian and Polish villages to attendees.
"It's going to be an exciting time," says Chef and Owner of Crop Bistro, Steve Schimoler.
His restaurant is located in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. Schimoler says it's been reserved for all six nights during the convention.
"Who knows what we will be doing, it could be a big town hall meeting with one of the candidates here, cocktail receptions, but I'm excited, I think it's going to be an awesome benefit to Cleveland."