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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Every year thousands of people come to Albany for events large and small.

They all have an impact on businesses that depend on a steady influx of visitors to make a profit.

The Albany Convention and Visitors Bureaus reported in May that travel and tourism is a $178 million industry in Albany.

This weekend the Monroe High School Class of 1980 was the guest at the Downtown Hilton for their 30-year class reunion.

"We're hosting a lot of family reunions, class reunions for about the last three weeks," said Michelle Christian, Monroe High Class of 1980.

"We're excited to always bring the reunions to Albany. It gives us a chance to come back and support the city that helped us develop into the people we are," Lisa Weathersby, Banquet & Restaurant Manager, Hilton.

Hotel managers say events like these are a welcomed economic boost.

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