Tampa expects big windfall from 2012 GOP convention
TAMPA — Organizers say the 50,000 convention delegates, protesters and media that will descend on Tampa for the 2012 Republican National Convention could pump as much as $170 million into the local economy.
"It's like a Super Bowl for politics," said Rich Grant, spokesman for the Denver Convention and Visitors Bureau. That city hosted the 2008 Democratic National Convention. "There's hundreds and hundreds of receptions and parties and things that go on."