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May 14, 2003

Albany - Tourism is on the rise in Albany - a sign the economy is picking up. "We doing a good job keeping people in our area. And, people are coming to experience what we have to offer," said Chamber of Commerce President Tim Martin.

Albany collected $68,000 in motel tax alone last month. Albany brought in more money from the motel tax in April than it had in the last five Aprils. And, businesses leaders expect tourism will continue to rise in Georgia. The state is divided into several tourism districts. Plantation Trace, which includes Albany, saw a 8.2% rise in tourism.

Visitors spent $24,000,000 in Georgia last year. And, the busiest travel season is just around the corner. "We're entering into summer. Family reunions, high school reunions, and vacation spots bring many people to Albany this time of each year," said Martin.

More than 4,000 people have visited the Albany-Dougherty County Chamber of Commerce since the beginning of the year. Martin credits the rise in Georgia's tourism to people deciding to stay in the state for vacations. 207,000 Georgia jobs are sustained thanks to tourism.

Posted at 5:15PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com