For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Contact: Joanne Peters, Kristie Greco

Democratic National Convention Committee Announces State Delegation Hotel Assignments, Convention Headquarters Hotels
56 hotels to house state delegations, Hilton Center City and Westin Charlotte to serve as headquarters hotels

CHARLOTTE – Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan announced another major milestone in convention planning today: the hotel assignments for the approximately 6,000 delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention and the headquarters hotels. 
The Hilton Charlotte Center City and the Westin Charlotte will be the headquarters hotels: the base of operations for the DNCC, The Democratic National Committee and Obama for America.  The hotels will be used for official business and for a meeting place for convention organizers and DNC and OFA staff.
Delegations have been assigned to hotels in one of five zones – Uptown, South Park, I-77/Airport, University and Concord – all within 20 minutes of Time Warner Cable Arena and Bank of America Stadium.  Delegates are expected to arrive the weekend before the convention for official welcome events.  Not only will delegates fill rooms, but they’re expected to use hotels for daily meetings, meals and receptions. 
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local hotels to promote their business to guests from all across the country.  Not only is Charlotte uniquely appointed for hosting an event like this, with hotel zones closer to convention venues than in the past, but the Southern hospitality of the local hotel community will make guests return visitors,” said DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan.  “We trust that all of our delegations will be pleased with their assignments, and we’re delighted to announce that the Westin and the Hilton Center City will serve as our headquarters hotels.  Both hotels have exceptional service and accommodations and are a short walk from the Time Warner Cable Arena, Bank of America Stadium and the Charlotte Convention Center.”
The DNCC began securing rooms in local hotels in spring of 2011, shortly after Charlotte was selected to host the convention.  The DNCC has contracted more than 15,000 rooms in 150 hotels.  6,700 rooms in 56 hotels will be used for delegations.  While delegates will stay in the five zones, the DNCC has contracted rooms from Rock Hill to Salisbury for other guests.
The delegate housing process began in September with a lottery to determine each state’s priority preference.  In October and November, representatives from each state’s delegation visited Charlotte to tour a selection of hotels.  In December states submitted their top three zone choices, their top three hotel choices, and other requests such as meeting space, budget, and access for persons with disabilities.  The DNCC housing team then worked to match each delegation to a hotel that fits their needs.  Hotels and delegations were notified this morning of their assignment.  Delegations are expected to return to Charlotte in the coming months to scout out meeting and venue space in or near their hotels.
State Delegations Hotel Assignments
Alabama - Spring Hill Suites University
Alaska - Hilton Garden Inn Concord
American Samoa - Quality Inn and Suites Airport
Arizona - Hilton Garden Inn Ayrsley
Arkansas - Hampton Inn & Suites Airport
California - Blake, Hampton Inn & Suites Uptown
Colorado - Residence Inn Uptown
Connecticut - DoubleTree Airport
Delaware - Wingate by Wyndham Tyvola
Democrats Abroad - Comfort Inn Executive Park
District of Columbia - Hilton Garden Inn Concord
Florida - Marriott City Center
Georgia - Marriott Executive Park
Guam - Quality Inn and Suites Airport
Hawaii - Hilton Charlotte Center City
Idaho - Residence Inn University
Illinois - Holiday Inn Center City, City Center Inn
Indiana - Hilton at University Place, Hampton Inn & Suites University
Iowa - Towne Place Suites University
Kansas - Wingate Inn Concord
Kentucky - Country Inn and Suites University
Louisiana - Sleep Inn University
Maine - Residence Inn Tyvola
Maryland - Embassy Suites Concord, Courtyard by Marriott Concord
Massachusetts - The Omni
Michigan - Embassy Suites Concord, Residence Inn Concord
Minnesota - Marriott Executive Park, Comfort Inn Executive Park
Mississippi - Microtel University, Country Inn and Suites University
Missouri - Courtyard by Marriott Uptown
Montana - Great Wolf Lodge
Nebraska - Embassy Suites Airport
Nevada - Hilton Garden Inn Uptown
New Hampshire - Renaissance Charlotte Suites Airport
New Jersey - Renaissance Charlotte Suites Airport
New Mexico - Spring Hill Suites Concord
New York - Renaissance Charlotte Suites South Park, Double Tree South Park, Residence Inn
South Park
North Carolina - Crowne Plaza Uptown
North Dakota - Homewood Suites Airport
Ohio - Hilton at University Place, Drury Inn
Oklahoma - Spring Hill Suites Airport
Oregon - Comfort Suites University
Pennsylvania - Marriott South Park, Hampton Inn & Suites South Park, Courtyard by Marriot South Park
Puerto Rico - Sleep Inn and Suites Concord
Rhode Island - Embassy Suites Concord
South Carolina - Courtyard by Marriott Billy Graham Parkway
South Dakota - Comfort Inn Executive Park
Tennessee - Hilton at University Place, Courtyard by Marriott University
Texas - Great Wolf Lodge, Springhill Suites Concord
U.S. Virgin Islands - Country Inn and Suites Airport
Utah - Embassy Suites Airport
Vermont - Hilton Charlotte Center City
Virginia - Sheraton Charlotte Airport
Washington - Hilton Charlotte Executive Park
West Virginia - Hampton Inn & Suites Concord
Wisconsin - Embassy Suites Airport
Wyoming - Sleep Inn Airport