FAMILY REUNIONS MEAN BUSINESS IN AUGUSTA

June 28, 2012|

COURTESY: AUGUSTA CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU

Augusta, Ga. – A popular destination for families, Augusta is gearing up for a busy season of family reunions. Eleven different family reunions will be meeting in Augusta over the next two weeks, bringing more than 1,500 visitors to town. The reunions range in attendance from 50 to 300 people and will generate direct visitor spending of nearly $300,000.

Family reunions don’t have to be big to be profitable to the area. “We love all of our reunions,” said Peggy Seigler, Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The average reunion is around 100 people, but Augusta has hosted groups as small as 20.”

The ACVB offers special planning services to family reunions coming to Augusta. Reunion Specialist Michelle Bovian is available to help with everything from finding the perfect hotel and event space, to providing welcome packets for out of town attendees, to facilitating some friendly competition with an Augusta-themed “Amazing Race.” Bovian works so closely with family reunions that she often becomes an extended member of the family, earning her the nickname “Cousin Michelle.”

“I have worked with hundreds of family reunions over the years,” said Bovian. “I love helping them have a positive, memorable gathering that they can reminisce about for years to come.”

Since 2008, Augusta has welcomed more than 350 reunions, bringing more than 35,000 visitors to Augusta. Over the last four years the economic impact of family reunions is over $9.2 million.

For more information about holding your family reunion in Augusta, contact Michelle Bovian at 706-823-6600 or mbovian@augustaga.org.

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