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Could RNC have impact on Cleveland tourism?

Posted at 8:07 PM, Mar 04, 2016

The Republican National Convention is expected to draw thousands to Cleveland, and while most of them will be in the city, bordering towns are hoping to take advantage of the influx as well. 

Lake County officials told NewsChannel 5 they're focused on the long term effect of the convention.

Lake County Commissioner Kevin Malecek said he's looking forward.

"For us, this is about planning for the future," Malecek said.

Malecek doesn't expect the communities he represents to see the crowds Cleveland will during the RNC, but he's hoping people who come to town for the convention, will see something they like and come back.

"It's not about a week for us. It's about 2, 5, 10 years into the future. Branding and promoting this region for everybody in this country, and perhaps beyond our borders to enjoy," he said.

He's not alone. Andre Logarusic, with the city of Mentor, agreed, and hopes those four days can put the entire Cleveland area on the map in terms of tourism. 

"People tend to make fun of Cleveland, but those are the people who've never been here. I think once people come here, spend a little time here, that impression changes," Logarusic said.