How can I possibly benefit from the RNC being here?
If you’re not already listing your property on Airbnb or through the Host Committee’s database, you may want to reconsider. As of now, there are still plenty of Airbnb listings in Cleveland for RNC-goers to take advantage of. Prices are averaging around $200-$1,000 a night for single-occupancy rooms, all the way to fully vacated homes. The city has recently enacted legislation to collect city hotel tax from visitors using such services. Make sure to read what that means for you as a host and double-check your lease to make sure it’s kosher with your landlord if you’re renting your place out.
If you have a four-door and a clean driving record, Uber is guaranteed to be saturated with riders during the RNC. Price surges mean big bucks for Uber drivers, but only if you can keep up with the constantly changing traffic patterns and have a cool head amidst traffic.
For better or worse, 240 bars have applied for permits to be open until 4am during the Convention days -- see if your favorite bar is on the list. Plan on camping out at Post 1 Vets Alliance in Tremont, where you have to be a member to get in. Tina’s Nite Club is almost like a bunker, right?
There are also opportunities for musicians and artists to jump on board the RNC train and reap some rewards for their craft. As we all know, there’s nothing more novel to bigwigs than the little guys, so Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is creating "Art Interventions," or pop-up performances that will connect RNC attendees to our local arts communities. Music, dance, and other performance-art opportunists will be provided a stipend to perform at hour-long public events.
Last but not least, if we make it through the whole RNC week without our city being reduced to a pile of rubble, the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee is going to throw Northeast Ohio residents and volunteers a "Community Thank You Party." It will take place July 30th, from 12-6pm on Public Square with free ice cream provided by Mitchell’s and a performance by the Cleveland Orchestra of the "Star Spangled Spectacular" with fireworks to follow. Admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be free to residents that day. Thanks for throwing us that bone, guys.
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