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Discover Albany Passport offers discount for major attractions

October 14, 2005

Albany- The new Flint Riverquarium has drawn thousands to Albany since opening, now it's leaders are joining executives from other attractions to try and lure in even more visitors.

"I think the biggest challenge for us is getting people to come back, and the opportunity to get this heavily discounted ticket and visit other attractions is part of it," says Doug Noble, executive director of the Flint Riverquarium.

The discounted ticket is called a Discover Albany Passport. For one price, visitors will receive one-time admission to the Flint Riverquarium, Parks at Chehaw, Thronateeska Heritage Museum, the Albany Civil Rights Museum, and the Albany Museum of Art. Plus, the passport comes with a 10% discount on one performance by the Albany Concert Association, Albany Symphony Orchestra, and Theater Albany.

"We feel like what's good for Albany is good for Chehaw, and anything we can do to collaborate to get more people to come to town to see all of the various attractions is going to be good for us in the long run," says Doug Porter, executive director for the Parks at Chehaw.

Participating organizations are expecting the passports to boost their individual attendance numbers in addition to getting out-of-towners to stay in Albany longer and generate more revenue for area hotels and businesses.

"For us to be a partner with the Riverquarium, a visitor who may not have the art interest is exciting because this person may then become an art enthusiast in the process, same thing with history and the other offerings too," says Aaron Berger, curator of the Albany Museum of Art.

By using the passport, tourists will save more than $9 off regular admission for all five attractions for adults and more than $7 for children. Visitors will save even more if they take advantage of the ticket discount on musical and theatrical performances.

Discover Albany Passports are $23 for adults and $17 for children. They are available now at the Chamber of Commerce and Thronateeska Heritage Museum.

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