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Going tropical with ASMSU

By Simon Schuster          Posted: 02/28/13 5:08pm         

How does an all-inclusive eight day, seven night stay on Grand Bahama Island with travel included for $250 sound?

That was the price of the first-ever spring break trip organized by ASMSU during the 1966-1967 school year.

“The program covers eight days and seven nights on Grand Bahama Island for 95 students and chaperones for approximately $250 apiece,” the article in the Nov. 26, 1966 issue of The State News reads. “Included in the trip are a chartered round-trip flight, breakfast and dinner each day, ground transportation, television, air-conditioned rooms and various activities at the hotel.”

Activities offered during the trip included archery, deep sea fishing and horseback riding.

However, with inflation taken into account, the trip would have cost $1,745.01 in 2012 dollars, according to an online inflation calculator.

This is similar to today’s prices, with well reviewed all-inclusive resorts and flights listed on the trip planning website Travelocity between $1,700 and $2,400.

MSU’s student government continued to organize the trips for several decades afterward to various tropical locales.

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