City: COGIC’s return to Memphis expected to bring $20M impact

By Stacy Jacobson, WREG

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The return of the COGIC convocation to Memphis in 2021 is expected to pump about $20 million into the city, Memphis Tourism president Kevin Kane said Tuesday.

Memphis Tourism (formerly the Convention and Visitors Bureau) will give the group $300,000 per year from hotel/motel tax revenues to host its convocation in Memphis.

The Church of God in Christ, which is headquartered in Memphis, said Monday night it will bring its annual gathering back to the city from St. Louis for a three-year commitment beginning in 2021.

About 45,000 people are expected to attend the convocation, booking more than 20,000 hotel rooms, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said.