• DNC boosts Charlotte's cultural attractions economy

    By: Jason Stoogenke


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - During the Democratic National Convention, Charlotte's cultural attractions tripled their sales in stores and had six times more visitors than the same time last year.

    Both Mint museums saw their numbers climb.

    "There was so much energy in the museum and all around the plaza area and uptown, it was just a really exciting time for Charlotte," said Hillary Cooper from the Mint Museum.

    The NASCAR Hall of Fame was closed most of the week for almost a dozen private parties, a record for the museum.

    One of the private parties catered to almost 3,000 people.

    ABC's Diane Sawyer even mentioned the museum and Vice President Joe Biden took a tour.

    "He's a guy and he wanted to tell us about his '67 (Corvette)," said Winston Kelley from the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

    Discovery Place also closed for seven private parties during the DNC week, one of which had roughly 1,000 visitors.

    The DNC Host Committee ran a five-minute video in the arena during the first day of the convention that contained a clip of the Whitewater Center.

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