MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. --
For the 13th consecutive year, the Marine Corps Community Services here has hosted numerous vendors for their annual Travel and Recreation Trade Show.
This year’s event took place March 16 at the Thomason Gymnasium and featured more than 35 vendors from far and wide.
According to Stephanie Liljeros, assistant manager/recreation assistant, MCCS, the Travel and Recreation Trade Show was an excellent opportunity for those with base privileges to come by and gain information about new travel destinations.
“From the count of tickets we gave away at the door, roughly 360 people visited this year’s event,” Liljeros said.
“Typically we have seen about 500 or so attendees, but we still feel that the show was a success. We understand that many base employees only get a few minutes for lunch, and many times they drop by during their lunch hour to see what’s available,” she said.
Attractions, such as Wild Adventures, Emerald Princess and Casino, Southwest Georgia Tourism Association and Chattanooga Convention Visitors Bureau, had representatives pack the large gymnasium, each with their own booths set up for potential travelers to visit and gain information from.
“This is my first time visiting the travel show and I am surprised at the number of vendors that come here to promote their sites,” Donna Sills, logistics data management specialist, Marine Corps Systems Command, said. “In the past, I never really bothered to come and see what they had to offer, but they really have some good information available. I see that you don’t have to go a long way from here to have a really good time.”
Carolyn Anderson, logistics data management specialist, SysCom, has visited numerous travel shows on base before and she agrees that this year’s event had plenty to offer.
“It’s been a few years since I’ve come to this event, but this is definitely the best one I’ve seen,” Anderson said.
The travel show allows prospective travelers an opportunity to see firsthand some of the resorts, events and family attractions that are in and around the area, said Liljeros.
“Of course we’d like to see more people come through here because a good attendance is what will keep the vendors coming back,” the assistant manager said. “We are planning a few extras for next year’s event.”
All the proceeds from the event go back into the MCCS program, Liljeros said.