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The 2008 Republican National Convention Brought 45,000
Visitors to Minneapolis Saint Paul; More Facts and Figures
|MINNEAPOLIS and SAINT PAUL, Minn., Sept. 5, 2008 - The
Minneapolis Saint Paul 2008 Host Committee, Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman,
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead declared
the 2008 Republican National Convention a success as tens of thousands
of people enjoyed all that Minneapolis, Saint Paul and the surrounding
suburbs have to offer. So far, national and international media exposure
has produced more than 8 billion media impressions, the equivalent of a
$330 million ad campaign.*
"We truly rolled out the red carpet for tens of thousands of delegates, media and visitors during the 2008 Republican National Convention and the reviews have been spectacular," said Jeff Larson, CEO of the Minneapolis Saint Paul 2008 Host Committee. "As we've said all along, the exposure from this Convention is truly priceless. The coverage we've received so far is the equivalent of purchasing 122 Super Bowl ads."
While the Convention was held September 1-4 at the Xcel Energy Center, official events began with the grand opening of CivicFest: A Very Minnesota Celebration at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Friday, August 29. The pre-Convention weekend brought many events including spark24, a 24-hour marathon of cultural performances; a media party that showcased the Minneapolis riverfront, the Guthrie Theater and the Mill City Museum; and a delegate party held in CivicFest -- an interactive show featuring 35 world-class exhibits celebrating Minnesota and American history, democracy and the U.S. presidency.
"This Convention provided an amazing opportunity for us to show the world that this is a great place to live, work and start a business," Coleman said. "We are confident that people will leave here with a positive impression and that they will want to come back."
More than 45,000 people, including 15,000 media from around the world, came to Minneapolis Saint Paul for the Convention. From MSNBC doing round-the-clock coverage in Rice Park to "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" broadcasting from the Minnesota History Theatre, images of Minneapolis Saint Paul were seen around the globe.
"Minneapolis Saint Paul showed the thousands of visitors to the 2008 Republican National Convention that our state is beautiful, cultural, hospitable and smart," Rybak said. "The community truly rallied to put on hundreds of events to show off our best face and they showed the world what it means to be Minnesota Nice."
Convention goers also ventured beyond Minneapolis Saint Paul to shop at Mall of America as well as visit attractions in the surrounding suburbs.
"We have welcomed thousands of people to Bloomington and the Mall of America has been full of activity since last week," Winstead said. "This has been an amazing boost to our city's economy and we are thrilled with the results."
Here are just a few facts and figures:
About The Minneapolis Saint Paul 2008 Host Committee
The Minneapolis Saint Paul 2008 Host Committee is a non-partisan, 501c3 nonprofit charged with promoting the commerce, image and prestige of Minneapolis, Saint Paul and the entire region in preparation for the 2008 Republican National Convention. The Host Committee is made up of community leaders who are committed to educating people and businesses to come to Minnesota to work, live, play, visit and invest. For more information, visit www.msp2008.com.
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