"The reunion planners begin searching for a location for their reunion one to four years in advance, depending on the size of the group," said Gina Cappelletti, sales coordinator for SMCVB.
While some like to stay in the campgrounds, others book reunions in the area hotels," Cappelletti
Since 1998, 12 military tours have been booked from the FAM tours.Economic impact of each reunion ranges from $15,000 to $70,000, and the cost to host the tour is minimal compared to the results.
"We are able to keep costs down on the FAM tours because area businesses get involved and contribute goods and services to the tour," Cappelletti
For more information about the FAM tours, contact Cappelletti
at 865-273-1215 or the visitors bureau at 865-448-6134.