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Dougherty County - With gas almost two dollars a gallon, will South Georgians still be ready to travel?

Vacation destinations professionals say high fuel cost will not keep people from heading out for fun and relaxation.

The 7th Annual Travel and Recreation Trade Show drew a big crowd at the Albany Marine Base. 47 vacation destinations, from Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, even Europe, set up booths. They showed displays and offered deals to attract the men and women who work at the Marine Base.

 2004 was not the best for Busch Gardens and SeaWorld in Florida, because of the September Hurricanes. But they are confident 2005 will have a strong rebound in attendance at their parks.

 Busch Gardens Marketing Manager Sandra Swartz said "They might just have to put a little extra money away because of the gas prices. But it's a chance for people to spend time with their families and get away from the stress of work. I think even with the extra gas prices people are going to be traveling."

All the Anheuser-Busch recreation parks, including Busch Gardens and SeaWorld, have free admission for military families this year, to honor their service.

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