Charleston popular faith-based convention site

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s capital has become a popular site for faith-based conventions.

Charleston is hosting 16 faith-based conventions this year, including three this month. The Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the conventions’ economic impact is $11 million.

Convention sales manager Todd Morris says Charleston is an attractive convention site because of its size, low crime rate and easy access to facilities. Downtown hotels are within walking distance of the Civic Center and the Town Center mall.

There also are free concerts and other events during the summer.

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