2024 AME Convention Headed to Cincinnati

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Cincinnati tourism leaders are celebrating booking the region’s biggest convention since 2012 and one of the biggest ones in the last decade. 

The African Methodist Episcopal Church, the nation’s largest black Methodist denomination, will host its quadrennial General Conference in Cincinnati in 2024. The African Methodist Episcopal, or AME Church, is expected to bring about 20,000 people to the region and book more than 27,000 hotel room nights.

The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau estimates the convention could deliver more than $8 million in visitor spending in Greater Cincinnati. The group said the AME General Conference is the largest convention it has booked since Cincinnati hosted the World Choir Games in 2012.

Tourism, religious and political leaders made the conference announcement Sunday at Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church in Bond Hill.

“A decade ago, we made the religious and multicultural meetings market a top priority for Cincinnati USA, and that strategy continues to bring great benefits to Cincinnati,” said Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The AME is one of the most influential and venerated religious organizations in the world, and their choice of Cincinnati for their 2024 emphasizes our strength in this meetings market.”

Planned for July 3-10, the 2024 event will convene primarily at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Attendees will use many hotels across the region, including Downtown’s Hilton Netherland Plaza, Hyatt Regency, Millennium, as well as Northern Kentucky’s Embassy Riverfront, Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter and Radisson

Cincinnati was picked for the convention over Nashville, a city that is home to the AME Church’s headquarters. Regional convention leaders said with the win, Cincinnati has booked 16 of the top 25 multicultural conventions in the country. It last hosted the AME General Conference in 2000.

“Cincinnati’s rich religious traditions and history within the AME Church, combined with the region’s strength as a host for large religious meetings made it an excellent choice for our 2024 Conference,” said Dr. Richard Allen Lewis, treasurer and chief financial officer for the AME Church. “The mix of restaurants, hotels, and meeting facilities, as well as the region’s diverse and inclusive business environment, promise to bring our attendees a great experience and provide an ideal backdrop for moving our mission forward.”

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Source: Cincinnati Enquirer |  Bowdeya Tweh, btweh@enquirer.com