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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!


Press Releases

A Tale of Two Bishops


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

Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau wins Marketing Award


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


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


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


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


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

Albany Ambassadors bring $1.9M in business to Albany


Albany Ambassadors are the volunteers who bring meetings and events to Albany, building new business and civic pride. The 2015 Albany Ambassadors were responsible for bringing over 3,620 delegates to Albany in 2015, and their meetings filled more than 3,978 hotel rooms in Albany, translating to more than $1.9 million direct spending...more



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


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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