We're all going to the Rotary International Convention in 2017 because it's coming to Atlanta! Just today, Atlanta won the right to host the 2017 Rotary International convention.

The convention June 10-14, 2017 at the Georgia World Congress Center will attract between 20,000 to 30,000 Rotarians from around the world. Their average length of stay is estimated to be 10 days, which means a big economic jolt for the city's tourism and hospitality industry.

Atlanta beat Cleveland; Detroit; Edmonton, Alberta; and Toronto, Ontario to win the convention.

Atlanta's bid was helped by the fact 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, which was started in Atlanta in 1917.

Among the committee that put together Atlanta's bid were: Spurgeon Richardson, retired president of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Dick Stormont, who has worked in the hotel industry for decades.

Atlanta leaders also have pledged to raise $2 million to help defray the costs of hosting the convention. Top business leaders from Atlanta and around the state signed on to support Atlanta's bid.