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Host It Here is a program designed to encourage local organizations, businesses, and municipalities to bring their meetings and conventions home to Albany. By doing so, local professionals are contributing to the local economic engine and showing regional pride.

Economic Benefit 

In 2013, travel business in Albany County:

  • Accounted for $893,074,000 in traveler spending
  • Generated $65,603,000 in local taxes
  • Generated $48,953,000 in state taxes
  • Supported 15,281 jobs

Complimentary Services

The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau's (ACCVB) is ready to help you plan your Albany meeting with complimentary and customized services, advice, and more. As soon as you decide to host your meeting in Albany, contact our professionals so we can get to work planning your meeting using our extensive list of area contacts and knowledge of the area. To learn more about our complimentary services, click here.

Be Recognized as an Albany Ambassador!

The Host it Here program expands the focus of the ACCVB's ongoing recognition of Albany Ambassadors- volunteers who champion the effort to host their association, sports, and group meetings to Albany and the Capital Region, with the help of the ACCVB.. You, too, can be recognized as an Albany Ambassador for bringing your meeting or convention to Albany!

To honor their efforts, they are named as Albany Ambassadors. The 2014 Albany Ambassadors are:

Mr. Richard Cole, Marimar Lopez, Ph.D. & Sridar V. Chittur, Ph.D., Northeast Regional Life Sciences Core Directors
Reverend Dr. Edward B. Smart, Pastor, First Israel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Mr. Karl Oestreich, RPI Reunion - Class of 1979
Ms. Lisa Kissinger & Mr. Alfred Sive, New York State Council for the Social Studies (NYSCSS)
Ms. Pat Miller & Ms. Sharon Putney, Sweet Adelines International- Greater NY/NJ Region #15
Ms. Jane Sanders, Women of Reformed Judaism (WRJ)
Mr. Rob Salkin, American Mensa Society/Mensa of Northeastern NY
Ms. Beverly Plowucha, NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region X and XI Bi-Regional Conference
Captain Neely Jennings, New York State Police - East Coast Women's State Police Charity Softball Tournament
Mr. Richard McNeal, New York Council of Deliberation
Ms. Heather Courtney, Babe Ruth Middle Atlantic Region
Mr. Joseph Marturano III, Navy MSO Association Reunion
Mr. Bill Kearsing, American Legion Department of New York State


2014 Ambassadors


The ACCVB Albany Ambassador program began in 1993. A committee comprised of members developed criteria and initiated the program with the first class of honorees in 1994. Since then, more than 100 dedicated volunteers have provided the Capital Region's economy with a tremendous impact and been honored as Albany Ambassadors. Their combined efforts have already brought over 100,000 delegates to Albany.

You can be an Albany Ambassador!

If you belong to a club, association, business group, or religious organization, are involved in planning a sporting event or activity, or are affiliated with a military or reunion group and decide to hold your meeting/event in Albany, contact the ACCVB Sales Department for complete meeting planning assistance. From arranging hotel and meeting facilities to registration and welcome materials for delegates, the ACCVB staff has the experience and knowledge to host a successful meeting/event and will help you become a great Albany Ambassador.

Albany Ambassador status is achieved if the meeting/event planned generates more than 100 room nights (one room night = one hotel/motel room occupied for one night) and after the meeting has occurred. Awards are presented to Albany Ambassadors at the ACCVB Annual Dinner.

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