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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Good Life City is becoming a destination location. Despite a lagging economy, Albany saw an increase in visitors staying overnight in 2008.

Since the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau opened its new welcome center last year, the city is drawing in more folks who are visiting Albany and its attractions, not just passing through.

"Just to come to Albany," said Lisa Riddle of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We are learning that. Being in the welcome center and being able to be face to face with our visitors, we are learning that they think of Albany as a destination and we're very excited about that. That's what we're working hard to do is to make Albany a destination."

The Convention and visitors bureau plans to work to attract more conferences with 250 to 350 attendees in the next year.

They're also working to attract more sporting events and coming up with vacation packages.

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