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Record number of early hotel reservations shows keen interest in Anaheim meeting

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NASHVILLE (BP) – The first day of hotel reservations for next year's SBC Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., outpaced previous years at a record rate.

A total of 1,894 registrations were booked on opening day, Oct. 1, for a total 8,602 hotel nights, according to numbers released by the Executive Committee.

The previous high mark for reservations in one day occurred in 2019 in anticipation of the 2020 SBC Annual Meeting in Orlando, which was canceled due to the COVD-19 pandemic. That year, 1,613 reservations were made on opening day accounting for 6,907 hotel nights booked.

The number of users booking hotel registrations this year once again overwhelmed computer servers. But the system was quickly restored and issues were resolved, said Jeff Pearson, SBC Executive Committee chief financial officer.

While the meeting is more than eight months away, Pearson said it is a good idea to reserve a hotel room early.

“While we have many hotel options to choose from, reserving earlier gives the attendee a better selection of hotels and locations that meet their specific needs,” he said.

Reservations at convention hotels must be made by May 16, 2022, to guarantee special convention rates.

The annual meeting is scheduled for June 15-20, 2022, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Messenger registration opens Feb. 1, 2022.

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