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February 12, 2007

Albany --  Convention and Visitor Bureau representatives from all over the state are in Albany today and tomorrow to discuss Georgia's second largest industry, tourism.

The members of the Georgia Association of Convention and  Visitors Bureaus are discussing how they can more effectively use tourism to spur economic development in the Peach State. 

While Atlanta receives the lions share of tourists, new efforts are underway to promote areas like Albany.

"The department of economic development is talking about some coop opportunities, some marketing opportunities, that would allow cities like Albany, Columbus, Macon, to buy  into those  marketing plans on a state level and much affordable level  for those second tier destinations, so we'll see a better partnership coming about," said Peter Bowden, Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus President.

They're also encouraging Atlantans who want to escape the city to consider south Georgia.  While in town representatives have toured the Riverquarium and the Parks at Chehaw.

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