"We have to set expectations so that people know that afterward if their pocket wasn’t filled, they aren’t retiring because of the RNC, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t successful.”
Gilbert expects between $200 million and $250 million in direct spending in the region during the convention, but they don’t know where that money will be spent.
“A lot of these people who are coming here are looking for every free meal they can,” he said. “So it’s not that every restaurant is going to do tremendously well.”
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