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Albany benefits from Tourism Conference

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

September 10, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Governor's Tourism Conference will bring 330 people to Albany and shine a spotlight on Albany's tourist destinations.

The three day conference is expected to generate as much as $150,000 for the city. The last time the city played host to the conference was in 1987. The Albany Convention and Visitor's Bureau hopes to impress about a third of the guests who were here a year ago and are now getting to see the final results of several tourists destinations like Ray Charles Plaza.

"Some of these people that are here were here in 2007 for a conference and they've come back now and they've seen how far we've progressed and that was probably about a third of them the other two thirds are people who have probably never been to Albany," said Lisa Riddle Convention & Visitor's Bureau Director.

Wednesday night guests will get to see many of Albany's tourist destinations first hand with a tour of the Flint Riverquarium, The Thronateeska Heritage Center, and the Albany Area Arts Council.

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