Tour bus group to hold 2017 convention in Cleveland

CLEVELAND - If you've seen the tour buses rolling though downtown Cleveland, you know what a destination the city has become. Expect it to get better.

"Cleveland, to me, is about the hottest city I know of right now," said American Bus Association President and CEO Peter Pantuso.

Pantuso came to Cleveland Thursday to announce his organization will hold its convention here in 2017.

People who attend the American Bus Association Marketplace not only drop millions of dollars on cities where they convene, they bring tour business back after the convention is over.

"There's about $1.5 billion in economic activity generated by the motor coach industry in Ohio right now," Pantuso said. "We see that increasing as much as ten percent over the next five years after we're here. That's a huge piece of business for Ohio."

Pantuso said the new convention center sold him on Cleveland.  He's also excited about all the attractions the convention delegates will get to see. He said he reads papers from all over the country and they all have something good to say about Cleveland.

"It's like the media is having a love affair with Cleveland," he said, "and we want to be a part of that love affair."

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