Las Vegas 2016, This is What We Do

Las Vegas has over 150,000 hotel rooms and can house all of the attendees to the Tampa convention within one square mile.  
Las Vegas has over 15,000 luxury suites.
Las Vegas is home to 15 of the top 20 largest hotels in the world.
Las Vegas has over 10.7 million square feet of exhibit and meeting space.
Las Vegas is 30% Hispanic.
Las Vegas has one of the fastest growing Jewish populations and one of the fastest growing Asian American populations in America.
Las Vegas hosts over 21,000 conventions a year with over 5 million attendees.  The Consumer Electronics show attracts over 150,000 attendees alone.
Las Vegas has been the number one convention destination in North America for 19 years in a row.
40 million tourists visit Las Vegas each year.
The Las Vegas strip has over 900 retail stores of world class shopping.
Las Vegas has over 320 days of sunshine each year.
Las Vegas is home to more than 50 world-class golf courses.
The convention will wrap up around 8 to 8:30 pm each evening (because Nevada is in the Pacific time zone) allowing delegates to enjoy the many shows and restaurants Las Vegas has to offer.
In 2012 the Las Vegas Strip zip code, 89109, was the number one zip code in the nation for political contributions.

The Las Vegas bid weighed in at 143 pages including appendices.

Lots of activity in the lead-up to the RNC Winter Meeting...

Jan. 14 - video from business-owner and star of the hit reality TV show Pawn Stars, Rick Harrison.

Jan. 15 - email from former Gov. and RNC National Committeeman Bob List

Jan. 16 - email from Solomon Yue, RNC National Committeeman from Oregon

Jan. 18 - video from Gov. Brian Sandoval

Jan. 19 - email from Senator Jim Brulte (Ret)., Chairman of the California Republican Party

Jan. 19 - email from Bill Powers, RNC National Committeeman from New York

Bob List email:

You know by now that Las Vegas is the world's greatest convention city. But did you know that it is also a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family? Our remarkable weather, incredible parks, shopping, churches and people really set us apart.

For most Las Vegans, including my family, we often forget about the world-class entertainment options we have right here in our own backyard.

Of course, there are those occasions when we want to "wow" our out-of-town guests, or spring for a special dinner in one of the award-winning restaurants, or treat ourselves to a Cirque Du Soleil show to celebrate special occasion.

Las Vegas truly is a place where everyone can have fun, whether they are 10 years old or pushing 100. A GOP Convention would afford us a terrific opportunity to market the entire Las Vegas community to a huge viewing audience and appeal to a wide demographic of Americans.

There's no doubt we can raise the money -- I'm sure you know there is a great concentration of financial capital here. As the "entertainment capital of the world," the industry sees this as an investment in its own future, and understands that the world will be watching the GOP during our 2016 convention.

Finally, just in case no one has mentioned it yet, one of the best parts is that everything is within easy reach of the airport, accommodations, and convention venues. So, we can all forego the hassle of long, uncomfortable bus rides, and get down to the important business of nominating the next President of the United States.

I look forward to seeing you next week at the meeting in Washington and to answering any questions you bring with you.

See you soon,

Bob List
Former Nevada Governor and National Committeeman

Solomon Yue email:

I’m not from Nevada, but I wanted to reach out to you this week to tell you why I support holding the 2016 convention in Las Vegas.

My reason is simple: Las Vegas knows how to host an event of this scale and do it better than anyone else.

Just this week, the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas is hosting “SHOT Show,” a huge shooting and outdoor convention put on by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The show boasts 1,600 exhibitors over 12.5 miles of aisles covering 13 acres of exhibit space.

“SHOT Show” attracts over 68,000 attendees every January, yet it is only the 5th largest show in Las Vegas annually. Compare that to the Republican Convention, which, historically, attracts 50,000 attendees, and you understand why Las Vegas is ready, willing, and able to host a great convention.

Will you join me in supporting Las Vegas to host the 2016 Republican Convention?


Solomon Yue
RNC National Committeeman, Oregon

Jim Brulte email:

As we begin the process of deciding where we will hold our 2016 convention, I hope delegate experience is front and center in our minds. For the television audience, it really doesn't matter where we are; but for delegates, location plays an important role.

Too many of our delegations are housed miles and miles away from the convention site....requiring waits to board busses and even longer rides to and from the convention site. That is why I hope you will consider Las Vegas for our 2016 convention.

With over 150,000 hotel rooms, over 15,000 luxury suites and 15 of the 20 largest hotels in the world, our delegations will be able to find housing at every price point. And that housing will be so close to the convention site, that no delegation will have to suffer bus rides from over 60 miles away.

As a recently elected (March 2013) state chair, I have kept relatively silent at my first two RNC meetings, but I want to speak up in favor of Las Vegas. I want EVERY delegation to be close to the convention hall...because delegate experience is important for ALL states.

Some have criticized Las Vegas as a location. I can only reply that I am a conservative Christian and my denomination has its international conventions in Las Vegas from time to time....why....because putting on conventions is what Las Vegas does every week of every year.

Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to seeing you next week in Washington DC.


Senator Jim Brulte (Ret).
Chairman, California Republican Party

Bill Powers email:

Dear Fellow RNC Members:

As we head into the 2014 Winter Meeting next week I wanted to share with you my support of Las Vegas as the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

If you've ever visited Las Vegas, then you know it was built to host conventions. The city has been the number one convention destination in North America for almost two decades, holding 21,000 conventions last year alone.

As the home of 15 of the world's top 20 largest hotels, it is no surprise that Las Vegas has the unique ability to accommodate all of the attendees of the 2012 Republican Convention in Tampa-inside a one-mile radius. Should you remember spending hours on a bus in Tampa getting to and from the Convention site, then Las Vegas sells itself.

As a long time New York Republican I was proud to have hosted the 2004 Republican Convention in New York City. That convention was one of the bests. I have no doubt that the logistics, hospitality, and financial support Las Vegas has to offer would exceed everyone's expectations. I hope you will join me in supporting Las Vegas as the site for the 2016 Republican Convention, and I look forward to seeing you next week at the Winter Meeting.

Best Regards,

Bill Powers
National Committeeman, New York

October 28, 2013

Jack St. Martin 


Nevada Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki to the Lead Host Committee

LAS VEGAS: The Nevada Host Committee, Inc. announced today that this newly formed group will be making a formal bid to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Las Vegas. The effort is supported by key Nevada business and hospitality industry leaders as well as the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Nevada Lt. Governor, Brian Krolicki will chair the committee.

“Las Vegas is the number one convention destination in North America. We do it better than anyone else in the country,” Lt. Governor Krolicki said. “We believe this is a tremendous opportunity for Las Vegas and all of Nevada.”

Las Vegas hosted more than 21,000 conventions with 5 million attendees in 2012 alone. It has been the number one convention destination in North America for 19 years in a row. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms, Las Vegas could have hosted all the attendees of the Tampa GOP Convention inside a one-mile radius and within a mile of the airport.

The Nevada Host Committee will also be led by Jack St. Martin who will serve as Executive Director. Jack has held several prominent positions with the Republican National Committee where he has worked for five different chairmen. He served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Faith and Freedom Coalition nationally and directed field efforts for the Christian Coalition. In 2012 Jack was instrumental in bringing the CNN sponsored Republican Presidential Primary debate to Las Vegas.

“It’s exciting to be a part of this effort. Las Vegas makes perfect sense for the GOP Convention,” St. Martin commented. “Las Vegas knows how to host something of this magnitude and Nevada’s diverse demographics make total sense for the GOP to come here.”

The Nevada Host Committee can be followed online at, on Twitter @LV2016, or on Facebook at