albany2.jpgAlbany, N.Y. - The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) is pleased to announce two wins, including a first place win, from the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) annual awards competition. Winners will be presented with their award at the annual NATJA conference May11-14, 2010 in Reno, Nevada. NATJA announced that Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau won first place for their destination website, http://www.albany.org/, in the 2009 annual awards competition, in the marketing budget less than $400,000 category.  The Albany website was re-designed in early 2009, by the ACCVB and L&P Media of Troy, to mirror the new look of the Albany, An Amazing Discovery destination brand. The multi-use website acts an information center for area visitors, residents, press, ACCVB members, and meeting and convention planners. In addition to the first place win, the ACCVB also received NATJA award recognition through a winning travel article. Travel journalist Linda Fasteson, won a NATJA Award of Merit, in the Historical Travel category for her story, History on the Hudson. The story covered the 400 year old history of New York's Hudson Valley and highlighted Hudson Valley locations and attractions including Albany. The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted Ms. Fasteson last summer and toured her around the Capital Region as she researched the area.  NATJA Awards competition, now in its 18th, year recognizes excellence in travel writing, photojournalism, multimedia platforms, advertising, marketing and public relations for the travel and tourism industry. NATJA received more than 500 submissions from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. "Choosing winners was difficult in this year's competition because we received so many creative and well-executed entries in all of the categories," says Helen Hernandez, CEO of the membership organization. For more information about the NATJA or a complete list of 2009 award-winners, visit www.natja.org.

### 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. The 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 and/or visit http://www.albany.org/ Contact: Elizabeth Bovill, Marketing Manager Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau ebovill@albany.org (518) 434-1217 x203