[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/02/art.salt.gi.jpg caption="GOP officials will visit Salt Lake next week."]Atlanta (CNN) – A delegation of Republican officials will head to Salt Lake City, Utah next week to meet with local officials who are vying to host the 2012 Republican National Convention.
The 12 members tasked with helping to choose the host city have already visited Phoenix, Arizona and Tampa Bay, Florida. The Republican Party will officially choose its presidential and vice presidential nominees at the weeklong convention, which is scheduled to begin August 27, 2012.
The RNC will announce the selection when it meets this summer in Detroit, Michigan.
The venue, adequate hotel space and whether a city has the infrastructure to host the convention are all key criteria that the RNC is looking at as it considers which city to choose.
"Our site selection committee is in the process of visiting and evaluating all three cities," RNC spokesman Doug Heye told CNN. "It is clear that whether the 2012 Republican National Convention is held in Phoenix, Salt Lake City or Tampa, we will have a strong venue to host the best convention in our party's history."
The Republican Party held the 2008 convention in Saint Paul, Minnesota.