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Early reservations advised for ’98 SBC in Salt Lake

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–An advisory to make reservations early for the 1998 Salt Lake City annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention has little to do with Mormonism.
The city’s hotels are not as large as those in other cities where the SBC has met, said convention manager Jack R. Wilkerson, vice president for business and finance at the SBC Executive Committee. Thus, each official convention-related hotel will have fewer rooms available for messengers attending the June 9-11 SBC annual meeting, Wilkerson said.
SBC hotel registration will begin Oct. 1.
The SBC housing guide and request form is now available at state Baptist convention offices and the Executive Committee in Nashville, Tenn. It also is in the September edition of SBC LIFE, the Executive Committee monthly journal.
Beginning Oct. 1, reservations may be made by calling the Salt Lake City Convention and Visitors Bureau/Southern Baptist Convention Housing Bureau at 1-800-217-0002 or (801) 521-9025. Completed forms also may be faxed to (801) 355-0250.
By mail, the forms must be postmarked Oct. 1 or after and addressed to SLCVB/SBC Housing Bureau, 90 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1406.
Wilkerson also noted:
— All official convention-related hotels will be located in areas away from problems involving Interstate 15 construction in progress for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
— Official hotels in the airport area are less expensive and are located from two to six miles from the Salt Palace Convention Center.
A shuttle service will operate in both the downtown and airport areas to transport messengers to the SBC sessions. Most convention- related hotels also will provide free airport shuttle service.