ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau officials said more people are staying at hotels this year.
That could attract more hotel construction in the future.
The hotel occupancy rate so far this year is 60 percent, up from 57 percent last year.
That's despite the fact there are now 32 hotels in Albany competing for visitors.
City tourism officials said the higher occupancy rate attracts new hotel investment, which means jobs and increased tax revenue.
"It means there is a need there. So you will see more increases in hotels as you see occupancy increases as well," said Rashelle Beasley, Albany C.V.B. Director.
Beasley reports that so far this year the hotel motel tax income is more that $1,800,000.