Despite economy, more locals traveling Masters Week

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

News 12 This Morning, April 3, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- During Masters week, the sports world focuses on Augusta. Thousands of people come to town and it's all for the game of golf.

"It's like a zoo. It's just so congested," Troyann Campbell said.

"It's a tornado honey. It is real busy. The streets, the stores, and everything are crowded," Ammie Crim said.

And that's why many locals like to get away. Southern Travel Agency in Augusta says they've been working late every night this week. They say they've booked 70-100 vacations during Masters week, that's a 15% increase from last year.

"For Augusta, most people get out of town for vacation, and also for renting their homes. And the prices they get for renting their homes gives them money to travel with," Lauren Kerbelis said.

Southern Travel Agency says going on a cruise is a popular vacation choice this year during the Masters.

"Anyone who can get away, it's definitely the right time during Masters Week. Because it's just, it's a lot of fun I'm sure, but if you live here then it's not so fun," Campbell said.

Not so fun for people like Ammie Crim. She says she lives close to Washington Road and buys all of her groceries a week before.

"And I have to hit Washington Road to get out, and so I just stay home all that week," Crim said.

And while some are anxious to stay in or leave Augusta, other locals are just happy to be at home with all the excitement.

"I have visitors come in town, and we go out to the tournament, so it's kind of a week's vacation here," Barbara Faulk said.

Southern Travel Agency says they've had a lot of people call last minute trying to book a vacation because they just found out that someone will be renting their house during the Masters.

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