The upcoming American Election may scare the dickens out of you, but after we celebrate the U. S. of A. this weekend, it’s time to prepare for some interesting political events.

That’s right, Cleveland is getting ready to rock n’ roll with the Republican National Convention, and then the Democratic National Convention is hitting Philadelphia harder than Rocky hit Creed.

We’ve removed all political content from this post. What we want to share with you is strictly business. Well, strictly Business Travel.

The RNC in CLE

Monday, July 18 – Thursday, July 21

Still riding the Cavaliers’ Championship high, Cleveland’s heartbeat is quickening again in anticipation of the RNC. All eyes are on the home of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, as the delegates will meet and say, “You’re Hired” to the official Republican nominee.

Cleveland’s hotels are sold out, and our insiders tell us the closest open hotel room is about 20 minutes outside the city. Public transport is being ramped up to help prevent elephant stampedes, but expect high volume on highways and roadways near the Gateway District, where the Quicken Loans Arena is located. Cleveland Hopkins Airport (CLE) will be rockin’ and rollin’, too. Plan your departure for the airport with plenty of extra time built in.

Here’s your cheat sheet:


The DNC in PHL

Monday, July 25 – Thursday, July 28

It’s no Pope Weekend, but it’s shaping up to be a busy week in the City of Brotherly Love. Every hotel in the area tells us they’re sold out, and all reservations must go through the housing bureau for the event. The city is estimating as many as 50,000 visitors in the city and the suburbs.

Unlike Popeadelphia, Convention Events are expected to be confined to the actual Center City Convention Center area, with select public events happening in concentrated areas of the city at specific times. That’s good news for your Philadelphia business.

As with any major event, keep in mind that airport traffic (and your favorite place and mine, the TSA line) may have extra volume and stubborn traffic during this time.

Here’s your cheat sheet:


In the name of the 2-party system, be patient as you travel through these cities, Business Travelers.

Chesley Turner

Written by Chesley Turner