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Jehovah's Witnesses return to Tucson

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For eight weekends, about 6,500 members will come to Tucson each time. For eight weekends, about 6,500 members will come to Tucson each time.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Thousands from across the southwest meet in Tucson each summer for the Jehovah's Witness convention.

"There's a lot of us here who we may have not met before but we treat each other like family," said Joshua Gutierrez, a visitor from El Paso. "We're brothers like we've known each other a long time, so it's just a wonderful thing to see and an amazing, beautiful thing."

For eight weekends, about 6,500 members will come to Tucson each time.  This has been happening almost four decades; so they must be happy with the the Tucson Convention Center.  And the city is happy with them.  But it wants more events to come to the TCC, and is trying to find a private management firm to boost the center's use.

"Somebody who comes in and does this for a living and can market Tucson with Santa Fe and San Antonio and Toledo." said Ward 6 Tucson City Council member Steve Kozachik. "They do this in different jurisdictions, they can start booking some of their shows into multiple cities at the same time and route them through Tucson."

Convention spokesman Sam Hall said, "Our concern is being able to come to a nice place, and this convention center has been very accommodating and so have the people of Tucson."

The TCC also has improvements to bathrooms, seats, concessions and other features planned.  But it's working around the Jehovah's Witnesses, who have been faithful clients that appear interested in coming back.

"We love coming to Tucson," said Jessica Macias, another visitor from El Paso who said that she would likely return.  "Yes, definitely."

The city might find that private management company by the end of the year.  It would be similar to how it brought in a private company to run the golf courses.

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