Dallas crowd anticipated largest since SBC 2010

    May 13, 2018

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    DALLAS (BP) – Dallas attendance is in line to be the highest at a Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting since 2010 according to an event coordinator.

    Advance hotel reservations which ended today (May 14) are about 25 percent ahead of reservations this time last year said William Townes SBC Executive Committee vice president for convention finance.
    "With less than a month remaining until our upcoming SBC annual meeting we are looking forward to a prayerful deliberative constructive and gracious gathering of our Southern Baptist family in Dallas this summer" Townes said.

    Between 8000 and 9000 messengers could attend the meeting June 12-13 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center he projected based on current hotel reservations and advance messenger registrations.

    Messenger attendance at an SBC annual meeting has not been that high since the 2010 annual meeting in Orlando when the official count was 11075.

    Topped with 5000 to 6000 invited guests exhibitors and other attendees total Dallas attendance could surpass 14000.

    At the 2017 annual meeting in Phoenix 5015 messengers were joined by 4300 guests and exhibitors and others to total 9315 in attendance Townes said. When the SBC last convened in Dallas in 1997 messenger registration was 12420.

    Since 2012 messenger registration has fluctuated between 5103 and 7874.

    Attendees still needing housing should make reservations directly with Dallas area hotels. The Omni Dallas Hotel is the official convention hotel located next to the Dallas convention center at 650 S Griffin St.

    Churches or bus operators bringing groups to the convention center should contact EC meeting planner Lynn Richmond at lrichmond@sbc.net for information on available bus parking and passenger drop off and pick up locations.

    Additional annual meeting information is available at sbcannualmeeting.net and will be accessible on the "SBC Annual Meetings" mobile app downloadable through the App Store Google Play or app.core-apps.com/sbc_am2018.