COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Columbus tourism officials are missing a few thousand of their most lucrative summertime guests: Jehovah's Witnesses who have opted to skip their convention in the west Georgia city this year.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1vYlevf ) about 7,500 members of the religious denomination for years have been arriving in Columbus for conventions spanning two weekends in July. The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the back-to-back gatherings have a combined impact of $2.6 million.
No Columbus convention has been scheduled this summer because there's an International Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses being held this month in downtown Atlanta.
Columbus CVB President Peter Bowden says the group's absence will cost his city "a pretty significant piece of business." But he says he's been told the Jehovah's Witnesses will return to Columbus next year.
Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com
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