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Looking for the latest news and information about the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the tourism and hospitality community? You've come to the right place!

Below you will find a number of exciting press announcements from our office, as well as our member organizations. Browse the headlines and take in all the amazing things happening in our industry. Feel free to share the links and spread the good news, too!

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Sweet Adelines Conference is Music to Albany's Ears

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The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) welcomes back singers to Albany this April 20-23 as part of the 2017 Sweet Adelines Greater NY/NJ Region 15 Contest and Convention, bringing more than $748,930 in spending to the area. This is the fourth year the Sweet Adelines have hosted their convention in Albany, and their experience has been so positive that they have opted to renew for 2020-2021...more

Albany Tourism Industry Recognizes "Albany Ambassadors" and Hospitality Excellence recipient, Palace Theatre

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Thursday, at the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau's Annual Meeting, the hospitality community honored 24 "Albany Ambassadors," for their help filling more than 4,700 hotel rooms and generating $5.4M in spending in Albany. The bureau also presented the recently renamed Professor Anthony Strianese Hospitality Excellence Award to the Palace Theatre Performing Arts Center for outstanding programming and community commitment...more

NYS Council for the Social Studies Conference returns to Albany

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Educators from across the state will meet in Albany for the 79th Annual New York State Council for the Social Studies, March 23-25, at the Albany Capital Center. The conference will be one of the first in the new facilities, and its annual contract extends through 2019...more

Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center hosts children's art exhibit from St. Mary's School in Waterford

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The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center is proud to host a new exhibit devoted to the original artwork of elementary and middle school children. The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center invites all to view the artwork created by students of St. Mary’s School in Waterford, NY. The colorful and imaginative artwork on display was hand crafted by Kindergarteners through 8th graders. The exhibit will feature chosen pieces from this 2016-2017 school year in paintings, drawings, paper collage, wood mosaics and sculpture...more

Youth FX Special Screening of As You Are

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A little more than a year after premiering to rave reviews and winning the Special Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, As You Are will premiere in the place where it all started, Albany, NY. As You Are was directed and co-written by Albany native, 24-year-old Miles Joris-Peyrafitte. Joris-Peyrafitte has been heralded as a new talent by the film community, who says he promises to be a filmmaker to watch for many years...more

Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau Job Description - Visitors Assistant

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The Visitor Assistant is vital to the mission of the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, serving as concierge for guests to the City of Albany and surrounding Capital Region. The Visitors Center is comprised of a tourist information center, a City of Albany history gallery, rotating exhibit space, the Henry Hudson Planetarium and the Albany Gift Shop...more

Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau Job Description - Visitors Assistant

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The Visitor Assistant is vital to the mission of the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, serving as concierge for guests to the City of Albany and surrounding Capital Region. The Visitors Center is comprised of a tourist information center, a City of Albany history gallery, rotating exhibit space, the Henry Hudson Planetarium and the Albany Gift Shop...more

A Tale of Two Bishops

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Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center hosts exhibit devoted to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception..more

Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau wins Marketing Award

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The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to announce that it has won the MARCOM Award for our 2016 “Hamilton in Albany” Marketing Campaign. The “Hamilton in Albany” marketing campaign leveraged the immense popularity of Hamilton: An American Musical to highlight Alexander Hamilton’s local connections to Albany...more

Fifth Annual Market Mingles Shopping, Lights, and Holiday Delights

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The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center hosts the 5th Annual Holiday Market, with gifts from local artisans, delicious samples, and holiday music. The market is offered in conjunction with the City of Albany Tree Lighting, and will feature shuttles to and from City Hall...more

ACCVB and Partners provide final Hospitality Summit Update

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ALBANY, NY -The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) will be hosting an Albany Hospitality Summit at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on November 21, 2016, 8:30am to 10:00am at the Hilton Albany. The summit, the last in a series that began last year, is designed to familiarize the surrounding community with the progress being made on the Albany Capital Center and Capital Complex, as well as new programs, developments and opportunities connected to that...more

All Aboard the Onrust, America's first yacht: New program introduces people to New York's fascinating nautical history

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Albany, New York – The Onrust has landed in Rensselaer, and all are invited to come aboard and journey back in time, to when the Dutch ruled the New World, and pirates vied for control of the seas. The new program, which is offered in cooperation with the Onrust Program, Crailo State Historic Site, and the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Hospitality Grant, gives groups the opportunity to learn what it was like to be a sailor in the New Netherlands in 1614...more

Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau launches kiosk

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After months of work, the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to unveil a brand new product for greeting customers – the Albany Visitor Kiosk. This electronic kiosk helps greet and guide “in the moment” travelers, offering them information on what to do, where to eat, and what to visit during their stay in Albany, with a highly-visual, easy-to-navigate interface...more

TODAY, MAYOR SHEEHAN TO PRESENT PLANS FOR ALBANY'S 66th ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

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At a press conference at Albany City Hall today, Wednesday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Police Chief Brendan Cox, and parade and business representatives will present plans for the Albany and North Albany St. Patrick's Day Parades scheduled for Saturday, March 12. The St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of the oldest traditions in Albany and is attended by thousands from the Capital Region...more

Albany Hospitality Summit Update provides progress report on Albany Capital Center projects

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ALBANY, NY –The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) hosted nearly 100 business and community leaders at the Albany Hospitality Summit Update today at the Hampton Inn & Suites in downtown Albany. The purpose of the event was to provide a progress report of the building of the Albany Capital Center and the development of a dynamic complex of meetings and event venues in downtown Albany...more

Albany Taxi Survey Results

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In September 2014, the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) posted a Taxi Experience Survey at www.albanycabs.com for the purposes of assessing the current taxi situation in the Albany area and to identify areas of improvement to better enhance the destination and visitor experience. The ACCVB distributed cards to hotels, attractions, and visitors centers encouraging residents, business travelers, and vacation/leisure travelers to complete the short survey. Since then, more than 377 responses have been collected. Here is the complete analysis of the responses...more

The Impact of Tourism on Albany County

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Each household in Albany County saved an average of $985 this year thanks to visitors to Albany County. According to a recent report released by Tourism Economics, Albany County also supports $69 million in local taxes and $52 million in state taxes while supporting 15,000 jobs...more

Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces Albany Hospitality Summit

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The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) announced today that it will be hosting an Albany Hospitality Summit at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on June 9. The purpose of the summit is to prepare local businesses and organizations to take advantage of new opportunities being presented by the building of the Albany Capital Center and the development of a dynamic complex of meetings and event venues in downtown Albany...more

#TulipTakeover Popping Up This Week in Albany

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As part of National Travel & Tourism Week, the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau has employed #TulipTakeover to ensure residents and visitors are excited and ready for the 67th Annual Tulip Festival in Washington Park this May 9-10...more

Hospitality Gives Back: Clean-Up Day at Historic Cherry Hill

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The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) staff and other representatives from hospitality/tourism partners throughout Albany County, such as Turf Hotels, Best Western Sovereign, Albany Capital Center, and TownePlace Suites, took part in a clean-up day at Historic Cherry Hill last Friday, April 17...more

Creative Cocktails Showcase the ‘Spirit of Albany’

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The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) recently released the 2015 Spirit of Albany recipe guides featuring eleven original cocktail recipes from restaurants and culinary attractions throughout Albany County. This is the third year of the promotion that encourages local mixologists to create original cocktail recipes that they feel embody the true spirit of Albany...more

Sports Business a Slam Dunk for Albany

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The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) is preparing to welcome more than 40,000 visitors to Albany throughout March for NCAA, MAAC, and Federation basketball tournaments, which will bring more than $3.5 million in estimated spending to the area...more

Albany a Suitable Habitat for Bat Research Conference

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The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) welcomed members of the North American Society on Bat Research (NASBR) to Albany this October 22-25 as part of their annual symposium, which brought an estimated $305,000 in spending to the area...more

Management Agreement Reached for Albany Capital Center

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The Albany Convention Center Authority (ACCA) announced today that it has reached an agreement with SMG to manage the soon-to-be-constructed Albany Capital Center. The agreement between the ACCA and SMG will commence on September 1, 2014, and will run concurrently with the management agreement between SMG and Albany County for the nearby Times Union Center arena through December 31, 2020...more

USS Slater is Homeward Bound

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USS SLATER, the last Destroyer Escort afloat in America, will return to her home berth in Albany, New York soon. Launched in 1944, SLATER served gallantly in both the Battle of the Atlantic and the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. In 1951, SLATER was transferred to Greece under the Military Defense Assistance Program...more

Byway Summit Planned

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The Mohawk Towpath Byway and its municipal partners are planning a Byway Summit on March 20, 2014, at the Century House in Latham. The purpose of the summit will be to accept an action plan for scenic conservation and corridor enhancement, to optimize economic development, heritage and eco-tourism and the local quality of life in this portion of the Mohawk Valley. Municipalities will be asked to identify and evaluate projects and initiatives...more

It’s going to get LOUD in Albany!

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12,000 Cheerleaders and families will scream… and shout… and let it all out at the Times Union Center– while spending $3.3 Million..more

September Conventions Bring Big Business to Albany

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The Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau will welcome two large-scale conferences to Albany County in September 2013. FantaCon, the renowned horror and comic book festival, will be returning to Albany on September 14 - 15 after a three decade hiatus. Bouchercon, the international mystery writers convention, will be make its inaugural Albany County debut from September 19 – 22...more

Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway Launches New Audio Tour

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A new audio tour is being launched to provide convenient and accessible interpretation of the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway and the many stories it has to tell about the historic waterway west and the Erie Canal. The audio tour, powered by OnCell, will highlight and encourage the use of the many cultural, natural and recreational resources within the Byway corridor...more

Harmony House Tours Offer New Ways to Explore Downtown Albany

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Starting July 16 and continuing every Tuesday and Thursday through August at 11 a.m., Harmony House Tours will offer guided walking tours of downtown Albany. The tours will leave from Quackenbush Square by the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center and will explore the history, architecture and the hidden treasures of the Capital City. Cost is $15 per person...more

ACCVB Annual Meeting Celebrates Hospitality Excellence, Recognizes Albany Ambassadors, and Showcases Local Cheese, Wine, & Spirits

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The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) held their Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 2012, at the Hilton Albany, which is in the final stages of a $14 million renovation. In addition to summarizing the accomplishments of the year, it was also an opportunity to recognize the outstanding work of hospitality providers and the 2012 Albany Ambassadors, as well as showcase local culinary assets...more

2013 Albany Visitors Guide Released

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This week, the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) distributed the new 2013 Albany Visitors Guide to area attractions, hotels, and community partners...more

Tourism leaders, legislators to meet in Albany

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Tourism industry leaders from the Greater Capital Region will meet with local legislative representatives for a Roundtable Discussion on Thursday, January 31, to discuss important issues pertaining to the tourism industry...more

Albany Wins Federation Basketball Tournament Bid

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The New York State Federation of Secondary School Athletic Associations (NYSFSSAA) has officially announced the Basketball Tournament of Champions will return to Albany for a new three-year term starting in March 2014...more

Albany Hotels Prepared for Sandy

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Albany area hotels are preparing for emergency situations as Hurricane Sandy approaches landfall in New York State, according to the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau...more

 

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