Campaign starts to get 2016 GOP Convention in Vegas

(KSNV) LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Host Committee Inc. announced today that this newly formed group will be making a formal bid to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Las Vegas.

The effort is supported by key Nevada business and hospitality industry leaders as well as the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki will chair the committee.

“Las Vegas is the No. 1 convention destination in North America. We do it better than anyone else in the country,” Krolicki said. “We believe this is a tremendous opportunity for Las Vegas and all of Nevada.”

According to the release, Las Vegas hosted more than 21,000 conventions with 5 million attendees in 2012 alone. It has been the No. 1 convention destination in North America for 19 years in a row.

The Nevada Host Committee also will be led by Jack St. Martin, who will serve as executive director. St. Martin has held several prominent positions with the Republican National Committee, where he has worked for five chairmen.

He served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Faith and Freedom Coalition nationally and directed field efforts for the Christian Coalition. In 2012, St. Martin was instrumental in bringing the CNN-sponsored Republican Presidential Primary debate to Las Vegas.