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Published: Monday, 1/28/2013

AAA hosts xTRAVELganza show in Perrysburg

Event open from 1 to 3 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn

BLADE STAFF

A travel show that organizers say is the biggest event of its kind in northwest Ohio will be open for four hours today at a Perrysburg hotel.

More than 20 tour companies, cruise lines, and other travel-related businesses will be represented at AAA Northwest Ohio's xTRAVELganza show, running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons, 6165 Levis Commons Boulevard.

Along with companies' booths and exhibits, a dozen live presentations are scheduled throughout the show from AAA Member Choice Vacations, Trafalgar Tours, Universal Orlando, Disney, Princess Cruises, and other participating businesses.

Show-goers will be able to obtain "lots of information for all their dream trips for 2013 and beyond," said April Cochrane, vice president for marketing and public affairs at AAA Northwest Ohio.

Featured destinations include Alaska, India, the Panama Canal, Pacific Wine Country, national parks, and riverboat cruising on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, the auto club said.

A separate room will be set up for those interested in booking trips through AAA Travel Agency. Those who book at the show, or at auto club offices in metro Toledo through Feb. 1, will be entered into a drawing for $500 off their travel purchases.

Door prize drawings will be held during the show, for which winners need not remain present.

"It will just be a great event," Ms. Cochrane said.

The auto club's show, now in its sixth year, attracted about 1,500 visitors last year, said Lauren McBride, an auto travel consultant at AAA's Perrysburg office.



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