AFRC Resorts welcome guests again

By Brad HaysJuly 6, 2021

Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii, offers a tranquil location for appreciating the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.
Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii, offers a tranquil location for appreciating the beauty of the Pacific Ocean.

(Photo Credit: AFRC Photo)

Service members, their families and retirees worldwide are rediscovering what it feels like to vacation once again. All four of the Armed Forces Recreation Center Resorts are now open and welcoming new guests every day.

Each AFRC Resort was closed at one point during the last year due to the pandemic. However, optimism is high now that guests are feeling more confident about travel and have already begun researching and reserving their upcoming vacations. Web traffic for the AFRC Resort websites overall is up 40%, and bookings are up 16% in the last 90 days, which is a good indicator service members are actively looking for a vacation.

“We are seeing strong demand for our reservations since opening in late May,” said Brian Borda, general manager of Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Germany. The Edelweiss Lodge and Resort was the last to open due to host nation rules restricting travel.

“We are just starting to see guests from the U.S. begin to check in at Edelweiss Resort,” Borda said. “Getting into Germany is no longer a challenge as it was a few months ago.”

Guests want to get back to experiencing the Disney magic at Shades of Green Resort in Orlando. Resort staff can help military families find the best deals on tickets, promotions and discounts at area attractions.

The Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii, was the first hotel to reopen. Currently, the State of Hawaii requires proof of a negative test for COVID-19 even if guests are vaccinated. Rules like these may be small inconveniences but help to ensure the safety and well-being of staff and guests while on vacation.

“Our main emphasis is to ensure the guests feel very safe and comfortable during their stay,” said Edward Fagan, general manager of Hale Koa Resort.

Seeing the sunset on the Pacific Ocean from an infinity pool or enjoying a day exploring Seoul at Dragon Hill Lodge in South Korea may help relieve any stress guests experienced during the lockdowns of the past 15 months.

Don’t miss another moment creating memories with the family. It is no longer time to dream of a vacation. It is time to relive your vacation dreams. Visit to reserve.