Fox Valley hotels anticipate increase in business for 2020 Democratic National Convention

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) -- With the Democratic National Convention coming to Milwaukee in 2020, hotels from Fond du Lac to Appleton have taken notice. With tens of thousands of people looking to book rooms, they understand those next to the convention could be hard to find.

"Our hotels are preparing. It's hard to say what this will bring," said Amy Albright, executive director of the Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Summers are very busy here, so we've got things that we're kind of shuffling. But, certainly when this news broke this morning, everybody's very excited, and we're certainly here to help."

Less than one hour away from Milwaukee, tourism officials in Fond du Lac say they have had spillage before from other big events to the south.

"I know that we do well when Harley has big events," said Craig Molitor, president of Destination Lake Winnebago Region. "There was a governor's conference several years ago which pushed business out to the outlying areas."

Restaurants and taverns stand to benefit from the high profile political event as well.

"There's certainly going to be a lot of eyeballs on all the coverage for the convention, but certainly all those attendees coming too," said Mary Rhode with the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We hope that they come here, and they enjoy their time. They enjoy the hospitality we provide here in that state of Wisconsin."

Since the Wisconsin has never hosted a convention like this, there is no indication of how far people might be willing to stay outside of Milwaukee; however, those hotels in the immediate area are required by the Democratic National Convention to cap their room rates.