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Albany gets tourism conf. in '08

September 13, 2007

Tifton-  The Governor's tourism conference is shinning a spotlight on Tifton this week, but next year that spotlight will turn to Albany.

Thursday, attendees got a preview of what to expect at the event when it comes to Albany. They were treated to the sounds of Ray Charles and lunched on grits. Albany Chamber of Commerce President Tim Martin said it's important for Albany to showcase multiple attractions when the conference comes to Albany in '08.

"A day visitor spends about one fourth of an overnight visitor. The critical mass of having multiple attractions allows Albany to become more of a destination community," said Tim Martin, Albany Chamber of Commerce CEO.

The Ray Charles plaza along the riverfront, the Bridge House, the Civil Rights Museum Expansion and the new science discovery center and planetarium at Thronateska should be open for guests when they arrive in Albany next year.

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