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As more leaves fall and layers of clothing get thicker many residents may find different climates more desirable. If the chilly weather has you dreaming of warm beaches and other sunny destinations, the Springfield-Branson National Airport will host a travel planning show. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
To assist with the planning of many residents’ holiday trips, several travel companies will gather in the lobby of the airport for help in scheduling a vacation. Kent Boyd is a spokesman for the airport.
“This is the time of year when people start thinking about vacations especially to warmer places now that fall and cooler weather has set in here in the Ozarks. People start thinking about trying to visit beach. This is when travel typically goes up to places like Hawaii and South Florida and places like that,” says Boyd
The family friendly event will include activities like face painting and sidewalk chalking. According to Boyd, the main attraction is over 20 travel vendors that will be there.
“And the goal is really to let people know what their options are when they fly from Springfield. To let them know about all the places they can fly you. We found out that a lot of people don’t know what the options are from Springfield. So it’s going to be an education seminar and a chance to do all sorts of things,” Says Boyd.
Things that include over $15,000 dollars in prizes and giveaways.
“There is going to a photo contest, a vacation photo contest. Somebody can bring in a great snapshot they took on their last vacation and if it wins the award the person who wins the top award will have a seven day paid vacation in Hawaii and there are several more packages, not quite that nice but I think people will enjoy them,” says Boyd.
While many daydream of a getaway, cost is a major concern for most residents. According to Boyd there will be hotel, airline, cruise line and resort options for every budget.
“Really the past twelve months airfares have gone up across the country. And I know that’s discouraged some travelers. But, my message to them is there are still fare sales out there, you just have to look. And if you don’t want to do the looking yourself go to a travel agent because those are folks who deal with it everyday. They know where the bargains are. Sometimes travel agencies buy airline fare in volume so they can get it at a lower price,” says Boyd.
The event will be from 9 a.m to 3 November 5th at the Springfield-Branson National Airport. For KSMU News, I’m Matthew Barnes.