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Travel Extravaganza spotlights vacation opportunities

Then-Sgt. 1st Class Michael Holmes, NCO Academy, and wife, Megan, and daughter, Hazel, enjoy speaking with a representative from Universal Studios during the 2014 Travel Extravaganza. (File photo)

Then-Sgt. 1st Class Michael Holmes, NCO Academy, and wife, Megan, and daughter, Hazel, enjoy speaking with a representative from Universal Studios during the 2014 Travel Extravaganza. (File photo)

Published: February 12, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Feb. 12, 2016) -- Travel opportunities will be just around the corner during this year’s Travel Extravaganza Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at The Landing.

The event welcomed more than 1,100 patrons and 61 vendors last year and Savery Wile, MWR Central business manager, anticipates a similar showing this year.

“We are anticipating the same, if not more, volume than the past years,” she said. “Joining us this year are a wide variety of vendors new to the Travel Extravaganza who offer travel information to destinations all over the United States.”

According to Wile, 60 vendors will be present at this year’s event. Those vendors range from hotels, convention and visitor centers, amusement and water parks, dinner theaters and destination locations.

“This year’s event provides Soldiers, family members, retirees, civilians, and the surrounding community an opportunity to learn about various leisure time options in and around the southern U.S., and additional travel options around the globe,” she said.

Several online sites offer the ability to find vacation opportunities or deals on hotel rooms, but Wile said the Travel Extravaganza puts every piece of the vacation puzzle under one roof.

“The goal of this event is to show some of the amazing, hassle-free and affordable travel options that MWR Central can help to provide,” she said. “It will also show the community all that MWR Central has to offer.

“It is important to offer events like the Travel Extravaganza, so that people know what all is out there for them to explore,” she added.

Wile suggests attendees arrive early to secure parking and take advantage of everything the event has to offer.

“The vendors are coming from all different locations and have a lot of exciting information to offer,” she said. “We have a passport scavenger hunt game we will hand out to each person at the door. This has all of the logos for the vendors and, as you stop by each booth, you’ll get them initialed off and then be entered to win one of the amazing door prizes. These door prizes range from free hotel night stays, gift baskets, amusement park tickets to a grand prize that you won’t want to miss out on.”

MWR Central will continue to offer savings to the Fort Rucker community with upcoming day trip opportunities, Wile said.

“There is an upcoming deep sea fishing trip on Feb. 26 and an overnight trip to Biloxi, Mississippi, March 5-6,” she said. “Also coming up, there is a day trip to Wild Adventures and an overnight trip to the Tough Mudder Competition in May.”

For more information on the Travel Extravaganza or upcoming day trips, visit rucker.armymwr.com/us/rucker or call 255-9517 or 255-2997.

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