When considering destinations for her religious meetings, Dallas-based Patti Kriss, meeting manager, Baptist General Conference of Texas, looks at a variety of criteria, including whether the convention center is downtown. In other words, it has to be walkable for her attendees. “It's not all-defining,” but it is important, says Kriss, whose planning responsibilities include four meetings a year that have attendance of roughly 2,000. “In dealing with our constituents, this subject is ...

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