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Travel to SBC in Greensboro spans airline, auto options

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)–Good options are available for both airline and automotive travel to the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2006 annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C., John R. (Jack) Wilkerson, vice president for business and finance and convention manager of the SBC Executive Committee, has noted.

Wilkerson said air travel for the SBC’s June 13-14 sessions in the Greensboro Coliseum can be arranged either for Greensboro’s Piedmont Triad International Airport, which is served by most major airlines, or the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, which is served by Southwest Airlines and other carriers. Most Greensboro-area hotels offer free shuttle service to and from the airport.

But Wilkerson noted that “Greensboro’s significant geographical proximity, one day’s drive for many Southern Baptists, makes personal transportation attractive.”

Memphis, Tenn., Orlando and Tampa, Fla., Birmingham and Montgomery, Ala., and Indianapolis are within a 700-mile radius of Greensboro, as are New York City, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Most Greensboro-area hotels offer free parking, Wilkerson noted, and the Greensboro Coliseum offers three- and four-day parking passes for the 5,000 parking spaces adjacent to the facility.

Wilkerson said shuttles again will be available to and from most Greensboro-area hotels to the coliseum for the SBC sessions and for Sunday-Monday events such as the Pastors’ Conference and Woman’s Missionary Union sessions. Hotel shuttle tickets will be available at the coliseum for $10, with children 12 and under riding free with parents who purchase tickets.

New and expanded childcare and children’s conferences have been planned for the Greensboro meeting, with registration information available at the annual meeting section of the SBC’s www.sbc.net website.

Local activities and tours also are being planned for the messengers and their families for Wednesday afternoon, June 14. Details also will be posted on www.sbc.net as they become available.

Online registration for churches sending messengers to the annual meeting opened Feb. 1, with details also at www.sbc.net. Last year, the third year for the online service, 79.2 percent of messengers to the annual meeting in Nashville registered online, up from 57.2 percent for the 2004 annual meeting in Indianapolis. The traditional registration method also will be available for those churches unable to use Internet access, with registration cards available from state convention offices.

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