As Las Vegas bids for 2016 Republican National Convention, a subtext is, we're not Tampa
In a report Thursday on Las Vegas's efforts to land the 2016 Republican National Convention, the New York Times notes in a couple of spots that Vegas organizers are drawing distinctions between their town and Tampa:
“That is one thing Las Vegas can guarantee: There will be no hurricanes,” said Brian K. Krolicki, the Republican lieutenant governor of Nevada, invoking the memory of when Hurricane Isaac forced a schedule change during the Republican convention in 2012, held in Tampa, Fla.
One appeal of Las Vegas, with its 150,000 hotel rooms within one square mile, is its contrast with the comparatively hotel-starved Tampa, where delegates complained of how long it took to get from their rooms to the convention center.
“Our delegation experienced three-hour round trips to the convention site in Tampa, so potentially walking to every event is exciting,” said Matt Moore, the South Carolina Republican chairman.
The Times also notes that Las Vegas is getting a big boost from casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who wrote the single biggest check ($5 million) received by the Tampa Bay Host Committee, which raised $55.3 million for the Tampa convention.