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Annual Gathering

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General Information 

LOCATION:     Izmir, Turkey
VENUE: Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir

July 6-12, 2014

View Schedule (Updated on June 23, 2014)


The Conference Fee includes:  

  1. Annual Gathering Registration
  2. 6 Lunches (Monday – Saturday)
  3. 5 Dinners  (Monday – Friday)
  4. Two daily coffee breaks (Monday – Friday)
  5. Day Trip to Ephesus (including entry fee)

 NB: Cost of Accommodation and Airport transfers are NOT INCLUDED in the conference fee

                                          Before April 30, 2014                             After April 30, 2014
Conference Fee:
                   US$ 600.00 / € 455.00                 US$ 650.00 / € 490.00

We encourage credit card holders to register online, using the secure facility we provide. Simply follow the instructions you will receive once you enter the registration module.  Credit Card transactions online and offline will be charged in US Dollars.
For those persons not paying with a credit card, or making a bank wire transfer, please download the registration form and return the completed form to the BWA Office with your payment. Euros will be only accepted by bank wire transfer.

Cancellation Policy:
Conference fees, which will increase after April 30, 2014, will be refunded only when written/email request arrives in our office before May 15, 2014. An administration fee of US$75 will apply to all cancellations. We regret that cancellations made after May 15 will result in loss of the entire Conference fee.


Rates include Accommodation, Internet and open buffet breakfast.

Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir
İsmet Kaptan Mh.,
Gazi Osman Paşa Blv No:1,
35220 İzmir, Turkey

Phone: +90 232 414 0000  ▪  Fax: +90 232 414 1010

Single Occupancy Room:     €   99.00  + 8% VAT    per night per room
Double Occupancy Room:    € 109.00  + 8% VAT    per night per room

NOTE: Hotel rates are quoted in EUROS

Check in time: 2:00 PM                             Check out time:  12:00 noon

Extra Days
The same rates will apply 3 days before and 3 days after the Annual Gathering.

HOTEL Reservation Methods:

Make reservations by May 31, 2014 to ensure special rates above. Hotel will not guarantee the availability of rooms after the cut-off date.

  1. Online:  
    Visit the hotel online booking link  to make your reservation, using the following steps:
    1. On the first page, from the drop down destination menu, select Izmir, Turkey
    2. Promotion Code: Enter GHPN  (to ensure the BWA rate)
    3. Click on: Check Availability and Rates to continue
  1. Call in:   Reservations:  +90-232-414-5071
    Individuals can contact the hotel directly for reservations. Please mention the Baptist World Alliance room block when making your reservation to receive the negotiated rate.
  1. Fax or e-mail:
    Please download and complete the reservation form and send to the hotel via postal mail, fax or e-mail. The hotel information is on the left top corner of the Reservation Form.

Please DO NOT send your hotel reservation to the BWA office.

Hotel Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations should be addressed to the hotel directly in writing/email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • Reservations can be made until May 31, 2014 with a one night deposit.
  • If the reservation is cancelled prior to May 31, 2014, the one night deposit is refundable.
  • If the reservation is cancelled after May 31, 2014, the one night deposit will be charged to the individual’s credit card on file.

Shuttle Service To and From Airports

Transportation Recommendations

Shuttle Bus:
Bravo Tours:
Click on  and follow the directions on how to make bookings.
Prices vary from € 55 (Euro) per person to € 8 (Euro) per person depending on the number of people on the reservation.

Taxi costs approximately 70 Turkish Lira = US$ 35

Note: the BWA has no contractual agreement with these companies. This information is only to assist you in your travel planning upon arrival.

Post-Gathering Tours

  3-night Seven Churches extension
  July 12 - 15, 2014


  6-night Seven Churches & Istanbul extension
  July 12 - 18, 2014


  7-night Seven Churches & Greece cruise extension
  July 12 - 19, 2014


These are private tours that are organized by Dehoney Travel, Inc. for which Baptist World Alliance accepts no liability.

For more information about these Post-gathering tours, please contact Dehoney Travel, Inc. - Contact person: Dr. Russell Cherry - Phone: 1-800-325-6708 - e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - Website:

Visa Information

Please be advised that the requirements to obtaining an entry visa to Turkey have changed for some Countries, including the United States.

Updated Visa information can be obtained from the following site:
Please check to see if you are required to have an entry visa for Turkey.

The BWA will issue an invitation letter only after you have completed the Annual Gathering registration process and indicate on your form that you need an invitation letter. To ensure your participation, please apply for your visa with sufficient time before the event.

Contact Us

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703-790-8980 ext 153