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Study shows Albany tourism needs growth

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A recent report shows tourism in Albany has room for growth.

That's according to a study commissioned by the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Albany has solid attractions for visitors, according to the assessment, including the Flint RiverQuarium, The Parks at Chehaw, and Albany Civil Rights Institute.

But the city is hosting fewer meetings, hosting fewer events and is not getting as much government business as it has in the past.

The report noted that 20,000 cars pass through Albany each day, for an annual total of more than 7 million.

Albany's lodging rate has remained at a lower cost compared to other South Georgia destinations, with more than 2,400 available rooms.

The study also recommended that more tourism dollars be put back into updating facilities like the civic center.

Another suggestion was to put those funds back into marketing.

For travel, however, the survey said Albany has a good airport for the size of the city.

The report also noted that Albany has a strong arts program, including the Albany Area Arts Council, Theatre Albany, and the Ritz Cultural Center.

The study said underdeveloped property and panhandling were still issues for tourism.

Experts also suggested separating the Chamber, CVB and the Economic Development Corporation.

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