For years Jehovah’s Witnesses have held their annual “District Conventions” in the state of Washington’s Tri-Cities area. This year they claim that about 16,000 of the Watchtower’s faithful will come to the Toyota Center in Kennewick during the three scheduled weekends in August.
Unfortunately for the Toyota Center, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have disclosed to the convention center’s management that they won’t be returning in 2014.
According to Kris Watkins, president and CEO of the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau in Kennewick, the Witnesses told him that they are reducing the number of district conventions in 2014 from 400 to 100.
Mr. Watkins may discover that the Watchtower may not have been completely forthcoming about their plans for the future. They have announced a series of planned national and “international” conventions for 2014 and the indications are that fewer – but larger – conventions will be planned for future years. While plans have been in the works for several months on the 2014 conventions, most of the details still remain to be resolved by Watchtower convention organizers.
Watkins said that he expects the district convention to return to the Tri-Cities in 2015. Those close to the Watchtower would probably say that is very unlikely. In fact, it is quite possible the Jehovah’s Witnesses will never return en masse to the Toyota Center. As you can see from the following video, Jehovah’s Witness elders and convention managers can’t even get their stories straight…
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