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More tourists visit Albany, traffic up 15%

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

More tourists have made Albany their destination for the summer. 

Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau Director said the visitor center number has increased 15 percent year-over-year. 

The city has seen 1800 visitors from family reunions alone. 

Also, there's been an increase in group tours from churches wanting to see Southwest Georgia attractions like Chehaw Park and Flint Kayak tours, which is having a positive impact on local hotels. 

And even those who live directly outside of Albany are having an economic impact. 

"Those who live outside of the area that are just day tripping you're looking at a spending of $55 a person. And then those who are actually spending overnight you're looking at 109 dollars a person," said Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau Director Rashelle Beasley. 

Beasley also said advertising in publications like Southern Living and Georgia Travel Guide are helping to attract more visitors in town. 

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