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Group works to bring business to area

July 19, 2006

Albany -- Albany motels are struggling because of a lack of business. Managers say a lack of tradeshows and conventions leaves them with empty rooms. So the Southwest Georgia Hotel and Motel Association is looking for way to attract more visitors to Albany.

The new group says poor motel/hotel business has a trickle down effect."The change it can bring is your really become part of that mechanism the drive traffic to the area, get more guests in the area whether it's corporate or leisure travel," said Jim Sprouse of the Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association.

"If the hotels are busy, everybody else is busy, the restaurants are busy, the malls are busy, people like to shop, people have to go out and eat," said Jaye Lomax.

The Southwest Georgia Hotel and Motel Association is partnered with statewide and national groups to market area hotels.

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