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by Allen J. Sheinman | August 01, 2016
Both parties' delegates spent freely.
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Attendees of the Democratic and Republican national conventions are projected to have spent some $360 million in their host cities, per the U.S. Travel Association.

That total encompasses expected spending by attendees on items such as lodging, meals, transportation and general retail, as well as costs for each host committee, funding for security, etc. The projections split down the middle for the two conventions -- $180 million each for the RNC in Cleveland, July 18-21, and the DNC in Philadelphia, July 25-28. Including indirect and induced impact, a total of $600 million in economic output -- $300 million for each convention -- is estimated to have been generated for both destinations. That total could support 1,800 jobs in each place, or 3,600 jobs in total.

"The economic activity associated with these kinds of events is extremely compelling," said U.S. Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow. "We aim to make sure our policymakers understand that."

U.S. Travel's economists generated the convention impact figures using hotel data from travel research firm STR, as well as other travel and economic statistics. The total projected attendees was 100,000-120,000, including delegates, media members, and other visitors and participants.