Frequently Asked Questions / Why does the Gathering mandate that we stay in their contracted hotels?

Much thought and energy goes into selecting appropriate housing for the Gathering participants. Each of the Gathering hotels has been reviewed and selected based on its location, safety, comfort, accessibility, and affordability. If a hotel is on our list, be assured that it’s been purposefully chosen.

PROGRAM -Attending the LCMS Youth Gathering is a unique experience. Your group, regardless of how large or small, is part of the “whole”.€ The time your group spends at your hotel is part of the makeup of your overall Gathering experience. Planned activities such as community life activities take place at specific Gathering hotels. These are vital pieces of the Gathering experience that you don’t want to miss!

SAFETY – Beyond programming, the safety and security of all Gathering participants is extremely important. By having every registered participant in one of our contracted hotels, you are essentially “findable” by Gathering support volunteers. Over the past 30+ years of Gatherings, this has proven to be invaluable.

INFORMATION – Community Life Builders (CLB’s) are assigned to each of the Gathering properties. They have been specifically trained to conduct informational meetings there; provide pertinent Gathering information, updates, and schedule changes; and hear any issues or concerns that you may have. CLBs serve as your main informational contact while at the Gathering. If you are outside of our hotel block, you will not have access to this valuable resource.

COMMUNITY – The fun and fellowship of meeting new friends during your time in New Orleans takes place at the hotels. If you were to secure your own accommodations at a condo, time share or hotel outside of the Gathering’s room block, you would miss out on this important piece of your overall Gathering experience.

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