By Jeremy Henderson, Army Flier Staff WriterFebruary 9, 2017
FORT RUCKER, Ala -- Travel opportunities will be just around the corner during this year's Travel Extravaganza Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at The Landing.
The event welcomed more than 1,000 patrons and 62 vendors last year and Savery Wile, MWR Central business manager, anticipates a similar showing this year.
"We anticipate about the same turnout again this year, and are extremely excited because we've added an hour on to the event to allow more time and easier access traveling through the show," she said.
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 is a wonderful opportunity for Soldiers and their families to see what all is available for their travel needs," she said. "All of the vendors are bringing door prizes and information for their areas."
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 doors open at 10 a.m.," she said. "The vendors are coming from all different locations and have a lot of exciting information to offer. Make sure you plan to attend this event. Arrive early so you can spend time visiting each booth and seeing everything this event has to offer.
"We have a passport scavenger hunt game we will hand out to each person at the door," she added. "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 will be a Mobile Day Trip to celebrate Mardi Gras February 25 and a Deep Sea Private Charter Day Trip to Destin, Florida, March 4," she said. "There are also tickets available for the Pepsi Spring Jam in Panama City Beach (Florida) April 28-29."
For more information on the Travel Extravaganza or upcoming day trips, visit http://rucker.armymwr.com/us/rucker/ or call 255-9517 or 255-2997.