RNC could bring positive and negative economic impact to Charlotte

- FOX 46 Charlotte has learned that people from across the country are already trying to book hotel rooms ahead of the potential for the Republican National Convention in 2020.

"Regardless of what your politics are, it's going to be good for the city," said Matt Allen, General Manager of Hyatt House in Uptown.

The buzz surrounding the Republican National Convention coming to the Queen City is already bringing economic benefits and it's not even official yet.

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The General Manager of Hyatt House in Uptown been getting calls from media groups and lobbyists trying to book rooms.

Based on what happened during the Democratic National Convention, Hyatt house expects all 163 rooms to be full.

"We get to keep people employed, we get to hire people we get to do all that. It's good for business," said CRVA, CEO Tom Murray.

Business could pick up at all Charlotte area hotels. During the DNC more than 61,000 rooms were booked.

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"We know that these kinds of events bring a huge amount of economic activity," said Allen.

But huge events can also hurt existing business.

In 2012, Uptown lost an estimated $7.3 million in typical day to day spending. Part of the problem was the immediate area surrounding the Spectrum Center was closed to create a security perimeter. Uptown, wasn't business as usual.

Hyatt House, although closed off from the public, was still able to benefit because DNC officials booked every room. If the RNC comes to town, hyatt house expects much of the same.

"I can't imagine that with the proximity of the hotel we will be outside of the secure perimeter," said Allen.

Once it's made official with a vote in Austin, Texas businesses nearby the Spectrum Center say they expect a call from RNC officials soon after, letting them know just where that security perimeter will appear in 2020.

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