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By Jay Polk - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - According to Lisa Riddle of the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, there's plenty to do in Albany, Georgia.

"The Parks at Chehaw, Flint RiverQuarium, Civil Rights Institute, Thronateeska Heritage Center and their brand new plantetarium, the Albany Museum of Art," she said.

And so much more. But with the down economy, many people are cutting back on their travel plans. Tourism numbers are off from previous years.

Riddle said, "it's down nationwide."

And competition for the tourist dollar is fierce. So how do you get visitors to come here instead of going someplace else?

In the old days, if a city like Albany wanted to promote itself to tourists, it would print out a brochure showcasing all of the things that there are to do in the city, and distribute it at visitor's centers around the state. But now, there's a new way of doing things.

That new way is the internet. While attractions like The Parks at Chehaw have had websites in the past..."we've had a website up for a number of years now...parks at chehaw dot org," according to Doug Porter, the Executive Director.

This latest technology is called Facebook, and it offers some things that traditional web sites can't.

"We're able to update it, literally, on a moment's notice," said Porter.

Both the city and Chehaw have jumped on board the Facebook bandwagon. And you can follow what's happening at both sites. Of course, you do have to take one step first.

"They have to add us as a friend," said Porter.

But adding people is easy and signing up is free. The new technology does offer some extra benefits. Not having to do all of that printing cuts down on printing costs and since it uses less paper it's better for the environment too.

While these new ways of promoting tourism in Albany and throughout the world are nice, they won't necessarily replace the old brochures of the past.

Riddle said, "it's a compliment to the traditional way."

And with the new technology, Albany tourism officials are hoping that more people will come back soon for a visit.

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