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DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan

Tonya Jameson

DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan announced the delegate and headquarters hotels for the Democratic National Convention. The Westin and the Hilton Center City will be the headquarters hotels. State delegations will stay in 56 hotels in Uptown, SouthPark, University area, I-77 airport corridor and Concord. Surprisingly, however, the Ritz-Carlton is not included in that list.

Kerrigan deflected questions about the noticeable absence saying that there were at least 90 other hotels that weren’t included on the list. Still several reporters hammered away trying to determine why the Ritz was not included. Kerrigan stuck to his response that it was one among many not included for the delegations.

Hotels were selected based on their price, proximity and amenities. Kerrigan said the fact that all of the hotels were within 20-minutes of convention activities was a huge benefit of hosting the convention in Charlotte. He said in past years delegates had hourlong commutes from their hotels to the convention activities.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local hotels to promote their business to guests from all across the country. Not only is Charlotte uniquely appointed for hosting an event like this, with hotel zones closer to convention venues than in the past, but the Southern hospitality of the local hotel community will make guests return visitors,” Kerrigan said in his remarks.

The N.C. delegation will be staying in the Crowne Plaza Uptown. The S.C. delegation will be housed in the Courtyard by Marriott Billy Graham Parkway. Delegates from President Obama‘s birth state Hawaii will also be in the Hilton Center City.

The state delegations use the hotels for lodging as well as to hold meetings, receptions and briefings. Shuttle buses will transport delegates to convention activities. Last week, the DNCC issued a request for proposals for transportation services.

DNCC hotel assignments by the numbers:
*6,000 Delegates will participate in the convention
*DNCC has secured 15,000 rooms in 150 hotels from Rock Hill to Salisbury.
*DNCC has secured 6,700 rooms in 56 hotels for state delegations.

State Delegations Hotel Assignments

Alabama – Spring Hill Suites University
Alaska – Hilton Garden Inn Concord
American Samoa – Quality Inn and Suites Airport
Arizona – Hilton Garden Inn Ayrsley
Arkansas – Hampton Inn & Suites Airport
California – Blake, Hampton Inn & Suites Uptown
Colorado – Residence Inn Uptown
Connecticut – DoubleTree Airport
Delaware – Wingate by Wyndham Tyvola
Democrats Abroad – Comfort Inn Executive Park
District of Columbia – Hilton Garden Inn Concord
Florida – Marriott City Center
Georgia – Marriott Executive Park
Guam – Quality Inn and Suites Airport
Hawaii – Hilton Charlotte Center City
Idaho – Residence Inn University
Illinois – Holiday Inn Center City, City Center Inn
Indiana – Hilton at University Place, Hampton Inn & Suites University
Iowa – Towne Place Suites University
Kansas – Wingate Inn Concord
Kentucky – Country Inn and Suites University
Louisiana – Sleep Inn University
Maine – Residence Inn Tyvola
Maryland – Embassy Suites Concord, Courtyard by Marriott Concord
Massachusetts – The Omni
Michigan – Embassy Suites Concord, Residence Inn Concord
Minnesota – Marriott Executive Park, Comfort Inn Executive Park
Mississippi – Microtel University, Country Inn and Suites University
Missouri – Courtyard by Marriott Uptown
Montana – Great Wolf Lodge
Nebraska – Embassy Suites Airport
Nevada – Hilton Garden Inn Uptown
New Hampshire – Renaissance Charlotte Suites Airport
New Jersey – Renaissance Charlotte Suites Airport
New Mexico – Spring Hill Suites Concord
New York – Renaissance Charlotte Suites South Park, Double Tree South Park, Residence Inn
South Park
North Carolina – Crowne Plaza Uptown
North Dakota – Homewood Suites Airport
Ohio – Hilton at University Place, Drury Inn
Oklahoma – Spring Hill Suites Airport
Oregon – Comfort Suites University
Pennsylvania – Marriott South Park, Hampton Inn & Suites South Park, Courtyard by Marriot South Park
Puerto Rico – Sleep Inn and Suites Concord
Rhode Island – Embassy Suites Concord
South Carolina – Courtyard by Marriott Billy Graham Parkway
South Dakota – Comfort Inn Executive Park
Tennessee – Hilton at University Place, Courtyard by Marriott University
Texas – Great Wolf Lodge, Springhill Suites Concord
U.S. Virgin Islands – Country Inn and Suites Airport
Utah – Embassy Suites Airport
Vermont – Hilton Charlotte Center City
Virginia – Sheraton Charlotte Airport
Washington – Hilton Charlotte Executive Park
West Virginia – Hampton Inn & Suites Concord
Wisconsin – Embassy Suites Airport
Wyoming – Sleep Inn Airport

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