Although Masters Week still is a few weeks away, local officials are gearing up for one of the year's biggest economic boosts in McDuffie County.
One such group involved in planning activities is the Thomson-McDuffie Visitors and Convention Bureau, headed by director Elizabeth Vance.
Christi Muns, the general manager of Best Western White Columns Inn, off Washington Road, came up with several of those ideas. She said her staff will set up a tent and provide refreshments and offer shuttle service to patrons who visit the area for The Masters -- considered the most prestigious golf tournament in the world.
Ms. Muns pointed out that if it happens to rain at any point, her staff can accommodate patrons inside the business.
"We've provided refreshments to our Masters guests for several years and we're going to do that again this year," she told fellow members of the Thomson-McDuffie Visitors and Convention Bureau.
Members of the group plan to offer literature and other items to Masters' visitors about historic Thomson and McDuffie County during that special week in April.
Unlike recent years, the group has decided not to greet visitors at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport during Masters' week.
"We've tried it and it doesn't work out very well," Mrs. Vance said. "We thought we might try something new this year."
In other business, members decided to spend $2,400 for a year's worth of advertisement in the baggage claims area of Augusta Regional Airport. A large poster will spotlight Thomson and McDuffie County and hopefully entice guests to the area to visit this area, Mrs. Vance said.