Military Tourists

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Savannah tourism officials are working to
boost spending by visitors who come by the thousands every year --
military trainees from the Georgia National Guard.

More than 11,000 citizen-soldiers report annually to the Savannah area for training at the Air National Guard's Combat Readiness Center. And the military gives them money to spend -- about $150 daily for meals and lodging.

Yet the center's operations group commander, Maj. Christopher
Rachael, says many troops don't know much about Savannah's

The training center has been working with Savannah's tourism bureau to find ways to get the message out to troops. Visit Savannah President Joseph Marinelli says there's plenty for trainees to do in Savannah, whether it's dinner out with family or bar-hopping with buddies.

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