GOP selects Milwaukee for 2024 Republican convention

On Friday, the Republican National Committee officially named Milwaukee as the host city for its 2024 convention.

“I look forward to working with members of the Republican National Committee, Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson, the Milwaukee Host Committee and Visit Milwaukee to put together an incredible convention for our party and name the next President of the United States,” said continued RNC President Ronna. Mc Daniel.

Milwaukee was also selected by the Democratic Party for its 2020 convention, although that event was mostly held online due to the pandemic.

Specific dates for the convention have not been announced.

“At VISIT Milwaukee, we promote tourism to generate economic growth that ultimately creates a better and stronger Milwaukee. It is our job to pursue conventions that not only bring us money, but those that will bring prestige and exposure that will ultimately enhance our reputation as an incredible place to visit, work and live,” said Peggy, President and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. Williams-Smith in a statement Friday.

“Holding this convention in Milwaukee is the result of a sustained collaboration by a statewide, bipartisan coalition that deeply loves our community and believes in the results this convention will produce. We are excited to work with our community and hotel partners to help RNC organizers deliver their best convention yet.

VISIT Milwaukee also shared statements from a number of other Milwaukee residents:

Marty Brooks, President and CEO, Wisconsin Center District:

“Large-scale events are day-to-day business for Wisconsin Center, Miller High Life Theater and UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, but having the newly expanded Wisconsin Center showcased on the world stage during RNC 2024 is an opportunity that won’t be missed. can be underestimated.The chance to offer our “Bold, Proud, Experience-Obsessed” level of service to tens of thousands of attendees and millions of media impressions is a unique chance to win future business for our venues and our city. I can’t wait to show the world what we all already know: Milwaukee is an amazing city with world-class hospitality, and we’re ready to provide RNC guests and attendees with an incredible experience.”


Peter Feigin, President, Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum:

“We are proud that Fiserv Forum is hosting the Republican National Convention, which will significantly raise the arena’s profile as a world-class venue. The RNC will be a great symbol of Milwaukee’s future growth and will continue to make a strong case that our city and our arena can expertly and successfully host premier events. »

Tim Sheehy, President, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce:

“We are proud to host the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee in 2024. This represents another step forward for our region as an internationally recognized destination with the people, vibrant entertainment venues, infrastructure and expertise needed. to successfully organize large-scale events. We commend the VISIT Milwaukee team for their leadership in securing this opportunity. It’s remarkable for an American city to get two major party nominating conventions in a row—a resounding endorsement for all that Milwaukee has to offer. This agreement will directly benefit Milwaukee businesses and their employees. And it’s another chance for Milwaukee to shine in the international spotlight.

Michael Evans, President, Marcus Hotels & Resorts:

“It’s no surprise that Milwaukee is the Republican National Convention (RNC) Nominating Committee’s top choice because there’s a lot to love here – amazing people, a beautiful lake, restaurants for every palate, a inspiring cultural and arts scene and some of the best hotels in the country. As a business and community with the expertise, spaces and people to deliver truly memorable experiences, we are excited to roll out the red carpet for our visitors. Our three Milwaukee hotels – The Pfister, Hilton Milwaukee City Center and Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel – along with our restaurants, bars and surrounding properties in southern Wisconsin, will be ready to host the RNC in 2024. Congratulations Mayor Johnson, The Wisconsin Delegation, VISIT Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Center District for their continued success in marketing Milwaukee as a destination of choice.

Mark Flaherty, Managing Partner, Jackson Street Holdings:

“Jackson Street Holdings and Marriott Collection Hotels are thrilled that Milwaukee has been chosen for the RNC. Good news!”

Rose Murack, General Manager, Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West:

“We are thrilled to have Milwaukee host RNC 2024! As a city, we are prepared for this, ready to welcome visitors and provide everyone with the best possible experience. This event will bring together thousands of people, staying in our hotels, shopping, visiting our museums, eating in our restaurants and of course drinking in our bars. A definite breadwinner for all of us, not only Milwaukee but all of the surrounding suburbs will also benefit from Milwaukee hosting the RNC. The long-term positive impact on our community will also be significant. Welcome to Milwaukee, RNC! Excellent choice for the 2024 convention!


Himanshu Parikh, Owner, Country Inn & Suites and Holiday Inn & Suites at Milwaukee Airport

“RNC 2024 will give us the opportunity to showcase the development and transformation of Milwaukee over the past two decades. This conference will put Milwaukee on the map for future development and world travel. Confidence in Milwaukee’s ability to host a conference of this magnitude demonstrates the confidence and support needed to kick-start hotel investment in Milwaukee and rewards the hard work and effort of the service industry team.

Shari Black, CEO, Wisconsin State Fair

“People in Milwaukee and Wisconsin are humbled about our great city and our state because it’s in our nature, but we have world-class restaurants, amazing entertainment venues and, of course, the best country fairs and festivals! This city knows how to entertain and given the recent resurgence of the hospitality industry, now is the perfect time to host an event like the RNC. Participants will add even more fuel to this resurgence, which in turn will create more opportunities within the industry. The economic footprint created by this event will have a lasting impact for many years to come and we look forward to being a part of it.

Don Smiley, General Manager, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.

“For many in our hospitality, service and entertainment industries, hosting a monumental event like the 2024 Republican National Convention will have an unequivocal positive impact on our community. Milwaukee has a tradition of hosting large-scale events, bringing the community together and showcasing our reputation as a festival city. We look forward to working with the RNC, VISIT Milwaukee and others as we welcome thousands of attendees to our great city.

Paul Bartolotta, two-time James Beard award-winning chef and owner/co-founder of Bartolotta Restaurants

“With the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, we have a unique opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to excellence in hospitality and our first-rate service to the thousands of visitors who will experience our city for the first time. I look forward to working with our amazing partners and the businesses that make up the fabric of our community as we once again show why Milwaukee is the perfect destination for events taking place on the world stage.

Kurt Fogle, Partner, Dairyland Old-Fashioned Hamburgers & Frozen Custard

“We need to showcase Milwaukee’s potential in every way possible and at every opportunity. The RNC, like the DNC, or an all-star game, the Super Bowl, or any other national championship brings us all kinds of people who otherwise might not think of visiting Milwaukee. I believe that if the world sees what we see, it will ensure Milwaukee’s inclusion among world-class cities.


Omar Shaikh, owner of Carnevor and co-owner/founder of 3rd Street Market Hall

“While the 2024 Republican National Convention will provide an immediate economic boost to the hospitality industry, the visibility this convention brings will benefit our city for years to come. This convention will spur growth in Milwaukee, which in turn will create a stronger metropolitan area. I couldn’t be more proud to host this convention in our beautiful city.

Bobby Wiltgen, Owner/Co-Founder, Cream City Concepts

“We are thrilled to be able to help show how amazing Milwaukee is on the international stage! As a company, we have built three restaurants and five Airbnb units one block from the Fiserv Forum. We are locally owned , which injects money back into our local economy. Our entire team, from property, management and frontline staff, is grateful to be a part of Milwaukee’s big story. It’s an ongoing story of hard work, humility, dedication to our craft, and supporting our city with our hearts and souls. Speaking from my heart personally, it’s all part of an American dream that continually unfolds for me. And I am grateful to have the chance to experience it Having this caliber of convention Milwaukee is not about politics, it’s about how no secret Milwaukee is anymore when it comes to events, entertainment , d e restaurants and tourism. I believe the team at Cream City Concepts truly embodies the heart, soul and values ​​of Milwaukee, and we’re ready to show it to the world.

David Caruso, Owner, Dynamic Events by David Caruso

“This is a game-changer for our city! The positive impact on our neighborhoods, people and our businesses will be immeasurable. This is an opportunity for all of us to work together and welcome the RNC with open arms. Get ready, Milwaukee – our time has come!

Theresa Nemetz, Owner, Milwaukee Food & City Tours

“The opportunity for Milwaukee to shine during RNC is not only a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our city, but will have a ripple effect for years to come. Visitors as well as viewers at home will have the chance to explore Milwaukee and to return for more in-depth vacations with their families and corporate meetings with their clients in the future.Whether our role with RNC is to provide transportation, tours or logistical support, we look forward to welcoming delegates and RNC attendees in Milwaukee in 2024.”

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