Not in 2008: text of letter



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May 19, 2006

Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.
Democratic National Committee
430 South Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC  20003-4024

Dear Governor Dean:

On behalf of Las Vegas, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to bid for the 2008 Democratic National Convention.  We are honored to have been included on the list of potential host cities.

Las Vegas hosted 38.6 million visitors in 2005 and for the 12th consecutive year, we were the number one convention destination in North America, according to the industry publication Tradeshow Week.

Ironically, because of that success, we are unable to submit a bid to host the 2008 Democratic National Convention.  Commitments from other trade shows, conventions and special events already scheduled in Las Vegas prevent us from exclusively dedicating an arena-style facility for the time frame defined in your bid specifications.

Again, let me re-emphasize how appreciative and honored we are to have been invited to bid on the 2008 Democratic National Convention after our initial letter of interest.  We thank you for considering Las Vegas and hope you consider us for future convention dates for the Democratic National Convention.

With regards,

Mayor Oscar B. Goodman
City of Las Vegas

Initial response to DNC: text of letter

Las Vegas

January 5, 2006

Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.
Democratic National Committee
430 South Capital Street SE
Washington, DC  20003

RE: 2008 Democratic National Convention

Dear Governor Dean:

Thank you for your letter and the invitation for Las Vegas to consider the possibility of hosting the 2008 Democratic National Convention.  On behalf of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, may I say how honored we are to be included in this invitation.

Las Vegas continues to capture the world's imagination as the destination where anything is possible.  With more than 130,000 guest rooms, nine million square feet of meeting space, award winning restaurants, luxurious spas, fantastic shopping, world class sports and truly unique entertainment, Las Vegas remains one of the most exciting convention cities in the world.   We really do work as hard as we play.

Again, Governor Dean, Las Vegas is honored to be included among the cities being considered by the DNC; we look forward to participating in the RFP process this spring.  In the interim, please feel free to phone my office at (702) [number] if we can be of assistance to you or provide you with any additional information at this time.


Oscar B. Goodman
Mayor, City of Las Vegas
Chairman, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority - 3150 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV  89109-9096 - (702) 892-0711