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General Conference 2016: Housing for General Conference

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2014

Housing accommodations for General Conference

Nashville, Tenn: The Commission on General Conference has selected Connections Housing as the official accommodations partner for the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. and the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis, Minn.

Through this partnership with The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body, Connections Housing will manage all aspects of accommodations, including leading and organizing hotel relationships, negotiations and contracting. Connections Housing will take reservations via their call center and through a custom-designed website using secure
Passkey technology, the largest processor of online group hotel reservations in the world.

“We encourage non-delegation groups to also contact Connections Housing for help with their hotel blocks in Portland and Minneapolis,” said Sara Hotchkiss, Business Manager of The General Conference of The United Methodist Church. “By all of us working together on our housing needs, we create an opportunity to save money on future General Conferences by getting more accurate data of our total hotel use and economic impact.”

General Conference 2016 will take place May 10-20 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Scheduled for May 5-15 in 2020, General Conference will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Connections Housing has established hotel industry relationships in both Portland and Minneapolis. The group has been a full-service meetings management and housing service provider since 1986. For more information about Connections Housing, go to www.connectionshousing.com or contact our Connections Housing representative Jon Mitchell at jon@connectionshousing.com or 404-876-5555.

About General Conference
General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which meets once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs.

Media contact:
Natalie Bannon
nbannon@umcom.org
615.742.5413

Business Manager of the General Conference
Sara Hotchkiss
shotchkiss@gcfa.org
615.369.2352