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      Albany named to recreational haven list

      This inaugural list was comprised by ConventionSouth's editorial team in order to showcase destinations in the South that offer a surprising amount of recreational opportunities such as golfing, hiking and watersports, as well as numerous places to hold meetings and events. / File

      Albany has been named by the editors of ConventionSouth as one of the "South's Surprising Recreational Havens For Groups" according to information released by the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau.

      This inaugural list was comprised by ConventionSouth's editorial team in order to showcase destinations in the South that offer a surprising amount of recreational opportunities such as golfing, hiking and watersports, as well as numerous places to hold meetings and events.

      "Meeting Planners and event organizers from across the country look for unique destinations in the South to hold their meetings and events, and ConventionSouth's 2014 list of the 'South's Surprising Recreational Havens For Groups' provides these planners with interesting insight on some of the South's most unique cities for recreational fun," said ConventionSouth Editor Marlane Bundock. "Cities with diverse recreational offerings bring an added layer of enjoyment to a meeting or event. This allows meeting planners to create unique themes during their events, infuse teambuilding and networking activities into their events, and increase attendance and attendee engagement. By adding the element of recreation into an event, meeting planners create a more memorable experience for attendees and therefore, increase the success of the gathering."

      "It is an honor for Albany to be included in this list," Rashelle Beasley, Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau Manager, said. "We are blessed to have wonderful sporting venues, attractions, events and hotels. We strive to create an experience for our conference attendees that will leave them wanting to return as a visitor."

      Albany is joined by 11 other cities and counties, including:

      Annapolis, Maryland
      Auburn, Alabama
      Chesapeake, Virginia
      Columbia County, Georgia
      Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
      Kingsport, Tennessee
      Palm Beach County, Florida
      Pinehurst, North Carolina
      Plano, Texas
      Seminole County, Florida
      Wichita Falls, Texas
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