Families flock to Albany for summer fun

A tourist sign point to the Albany Welcome Center. / Jessica Fairley

Travel experts predict more Georgia families will travel this year.

As the economy rebounds more families are setting their summer travel plans into motion. According to AAA, 75 percent of Georgia residents will hit the highway for an adventure. Local officials say they're already noticing an uptick in tourism.

"I'm seeing a surge at the Hilton, I'm seeing it in the restaurant business," said BJ Fletcher, with the Hilton Garden Inn.

Albany's Hospitality Committee has a long list of summer events within the city. They're hoping as families select a vacation destination they choose the 'Good Life City'.

"We're trying to get them here to this community and we're trying to keep the people that go away to create a stay vacation," said BJ Fletcher.

A survey conducted by AAA says some of the top reasons for summer travel are to create memories and allow for family time. As Albany's Convention and Visitors Bureau gear up for the summer travel season, they're expecting hundreds to flock to the area to see family.

"So far we've already got 77 family reunions on the books and we haven't even hit the busy season. So we're expecting 100 to 150 family reunions this year," said Jenny Collins, Manager of Marketing and Communications for the Albany CVB.

Collins says those numbers are up from last year and she's hoping this trend will continue throughout the year.

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