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28 February 2014

80% of Atlanta Hotel Rooms Likely to be Required by DNC If City Hosts 2016 Democrat Convention

CNN reported this week that Atlanta is interested in hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

As many as three dozen mayors from Atlanta to Sacramento received a letter earlier this month inquiring whether their cities were interested in hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

"We are seriously considering moving forward in the bid process, and we are honored to be in the running," said Melissa Mullinax, spokeswoman for Mayor Kasim Reed. "Atlanta is a great city."

Preston, Mark (25 February 2014). For 2016, Democrats hunt for a convention city. CNN. Retrieved on 28 February 2014.

If 2008 is any guide, over two-thirds of Atlanta's hotel rooms will be reserved by the DNC if the city ends up hosting the convention.

According to the 2008 Democratic National Convention Summary of Preliminary Requirements (seen below), "All hotels included in the DNC block will be required to commit at least 80% of their hotel rooms and suites inventory and 100% of their meeting and function space inventory."

In addition, the 2008 DNC summary of preliminary requirements reads, "In order to accommodate the operational needs of the Convention and to house the Convention participants, the Host City must have a sufficient number of hotel rooms and suites in the DNC block for staff and media housing two weeks prior to Convention Week."

Political conventions have been described as logistical nightmares that require lots of money, and are taxing on the resources of the host city. If Atlanta hosted either the Democrat or Republican National Conventions, it would take a regional effort involving the city, multiple counties, and the state.

2008 Democratic National Convention Summary of Preliminary Requirements