PHOENIX (BP)–Five major downtown Phoenix hotels are sold out for the June 17-18 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, but shuttle service will be provided for 20 nearby hotels in the airport and north-central parts of the city.
The shuttle service — along with child care and a children’s conference — will be available for the first-ever SBC-wide “Kingdom Family Rally” June 16 as well as the earlier sessions of the June 15-16 SBC Pastors’ Conference and the concurrent Woman’s Missionary Union meeting.
Jack Wilkerson, convention manager for the SBC Executive Committee, noted that the shuttles will cover a two-three-mile distance from the airport area and one-three-mile distance from north-central Phoenix.
Tickets for the shuttles will be available at the SBC information booth in the Phoenix Civic Plaza’s Lobby 1, at a cost of $10 for Monday-Wednesday service. The shuttles will operate on a complementary basis on Sunday, June 15.
Wilkerson also reported that the names of several hotels have been changed but will not affect SBC messengers’ registrations, noting that awareness of the new names should assist messengers and guests upon their arrival in Phoenix.
The name changes, with former names in parenthesis) include Econo Lodge Inn & Suites (formerly Los Olivos); Hilton Garden Inn Airport (formerly Hawthorn Suites); and Sunshine Hotel & Suites (formerly Quality Hotel & Resort). As of May 15, the Crowne Plaza will be the name for the former Wyndham Phoenix.