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.

Attendees were provided an update on construction progress, marketing and sales efforts for the Albany Capital Center, as well as efforts being undertaken by the business community to build a hospitality culture in Albany.
"It's important to communicate to our partners and neighbors the impact the Albany Capital Center will have on Albany and the surrounding community," states Michele Vennard, President/CEO of the ACCVB. "We've seen tremendous progress since our original Hospitality Summit in June and it's important to keep that momentum going so we're ready when the facility opens in 2017."

Attendees also viewed a new video, jointly produced by Gramercy Communications of Troy and RPR Studios of Clifton Park, which will be used to sell the facility to meeting planners. The video is available here.
A recording of the presentations from today's Albany Hospitality Summit, courtesy of CMI Communications will be available in the near future at Additional photos from the event are available here.
The Albany Capital Center is scheduled to open in early 2017. More information about the Albany Capital Center and Complex may be found at


Albany Hospitality Summit Update December 2015

John Evers, Director of Operations for Albany County, speaks at the Albany Hospitality Summit Update event at the Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Downtown. Photo credit: Albany County CVB


About the ACCVB:
The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium, and the Albany International Airport Information Center. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 or visit

Schuyler Bull, Director of Marketing
Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Phone: 518-434-1217 x 203