Denver debate’s economic estimates vary; will it be $10M? $15M?

September 28, 2012


The Denver area could realize a $10 million economic impact from hosting the Oct. 3 presidential debate, as nearby restaurants and hotels expect to be swamped for one or two days, and tourism leaders hope the temporary national spotlight will attract more visitors in the long term.

Mac Clouse, a professor of finance at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, said the one-night event at DU won’t have nearly the effect of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, a four-day event that generated $266 million in economic activity, according to a city report issued two months afterward.