Las Vegas to Host 2016 Presidential Debate

For years, Las Vegas has been keen to emphasize that it is a serious meeting destination where serious business gets done. Next year, it will have an opportunity to demonstrate exactly that during the final of three presidential debates taking place before the 2016 presidential election.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced that Las Vegas will host the Republican and Democratic candidates for president on Oct. 19, 2016. The debate will take place at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

"UNLV is honored to be a host venue for a presidential debate, as we believe it will bring a unique energy to one of the most diverse campuses in the country," UNLV President Len Jessup said in a statement. "A core mission of a university is to educate future leaders and hosting a presidential debate will allow students to experience the political process first-hand and to better understand how public policy impacts their lives."

UNLV submitted an application to host a debate in March 2015 in collaboration with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). It was chosen as one of four debate sites -- there will be three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate -- from a pool of 16 finalists.

"We are excited that Las Vegas has been chosen to host a presidential debate and we look forward to showcasing our destination," said LVCVA President and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter. "Las Vegas is the No. 1 convention city in North America for 21 consecutive years because we know how to get business done, and we are confident that our experience and commitment to customer service will make this event a great success."

The other two presidential debates will take place on Sept. 26, 2016, at Wright State University in Dayton, OH, and on Oct. 9, 2016, at Washington University in St. Louis. The vice presidential debate will take place Oct. 4, 2016, at Longwood University in Farmville, VA.

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