Formal Bid Nears For 2016 GOP Convention

(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–The Nevada Republican Party has announced formation of a host committee to make a formal bid to bring the party’s national convention to Las Vegas in 2016

The chairman of the committee is Lieutenant governor Brian Krolicki, who told KXNT in an interview with Kevin Wall’s Live and Local show that party officials are confident they have an excellent chance to land the big convention.

In a statement, the Host Committee says the effort is “ is supported by key Nevada business and hospitality industryleaders as well as the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Krolicki told KXNT that based on past experiences by both the Republican and Democratic parties, the effort to bring the national conventionn here would be somewhere between $60 million and $70 million.

“Las Vegas is the number one convention destination in North America. We do it better than anyone else in the country,” Lt. Governor Krolicki said. “We believe this is a tremendous opportunity for Las Vegas and all of Nevada.”

Las Vegas hosted more than 21,000 conventions with 5 million attendees in 2012 alone. It has been the number one convention destination in North America for 19 years in a row.