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Family reunions increase in Albany

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany has seen a big increase in family reunions in the city this year,  and city officials continue to recruit visitors for the coming reunion season.

So far this year the city knows of 82 family reunions, a 28%  increase over last year.

The estimated economic impact is more than a half million dollars for motels, restaurants, and caterers.

Convention and Visitors Bureau officials say they will continue to advertise Albany as a good value family reunion destination.

"We had 4700 people come into town, attending family reunions," said Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Rashelle Beasley.  "Which had an estimated economic impact equal to about $517,000."

The C-V-B will host a family reunion organizer workshop February 1st to help people set up their family gatherings in Albany and hopefully attract more visitors.

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