accvb.JPGAlbany, N.Y. - The 2011 official Albany Visitors Guide, produced by the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB), continues to celebrate and articulate the "Story of Albany" and the Capital City's new brand developed in 2009: ALBANY, An Amazing Discovery. The just released 2011 Guide is a glossy, full color, magazine format with editorial emphasis on those places and events that are "only in Albany" experiences. In addition, the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center has developed a self-guided, audio, walking tour of the city's historic downtown district. 2011 Albany Visitor Guide The Albany Visitors Guide is the main brochure sent to travelers seeking information about Albany. It is also the primary source of information that is made available to meeting and convention attendees. 125,000 copies of the Visitors Guide will be distributed throughout the year. The 2011 Visitors Guide opening editorial, "Writing the Story of Albany Your Way," was written by award-winning journalist and author, Paul Grondahl, of the Times Union. The Guide cover features a photo of the New York State Capitol and the Empire State Plaza, taken by Albert Gnidica, of the New York State Museum. Artistic works of Len Tantillo are featured in the Guide along with the works of several local photographers. The Guide was published by Martinelli Slocum Publishing of Loudonville, with art direction by Hinterland Design of Coxsackie. To request a print copy of Albany's 2011 Visitors Guide, or for more information about all there is to do and see in New York's Capital City, visit http://www.albany.org/. The 2011 Visitors Guide is divided into five "chapters" to tell the "Story of Albany" to visitors:
  • 1 - "Discover Albany Features!" This chapter tells the story of Albany through various editorials including: Writing the Story of Albany Your Way, Albany and the American Revolution; an important chapter in the Story of Albany, and The Empire State Plaza Story.
  • 2 - "Come Play With Us!" This portion features the annual events calendar, information about arts and entertainment, attractions, shopping, sports and recreation, and tours and sightseeing.
  • 3 - "Stay Overnight!" This section offers detailed information about cuisine, accommodations, and transportation.
  • 4 - "Meet in Albany!" This area includes information about planning a meeting, potential sites and special details for those planning weddings.
  • 5 - "About our Community!" This chapter contains business and community services, along with area maps.
A Walking Tour of Albany History lovers now have more to explore! The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center is pleased to release a FREE, self-guided, audio walking tour of the city's historic downtown district. The narrated tour can be downloaded from www.albany.org to an MP3 player or Smartphone, for a personally-guided tour along the streets of downtown Albany! All tours begin at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center. There are two tour versions available that invite participants to look both back and forward in time. The full-length version encompasses the Empire State Plaza, The NYS Capitol and the surrounding neighborhood. The shorter tour leads to the steps of the NYS Capitol before returning to the Visitors Center. An accompanying map which highlights the full length tour route can also be downloaded and printed from www.albany.org. For those who prefer to read rather than listen, a revamped, self-guided walking tour brochure is available at the Albany Visitors Center, where the tour begins. The brochure shares the stories of downtown Albany's streets and the buildings alongside them, and features a map to follow. The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center is located at the corner of Broadway and Clinton Avenue. Parking is available behind the Visitors Center via Spencer Street off Broadway. For more information on the walking tours visit http://www.albany.org/. The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center's self-guided walking tours were made possible through funds from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation - Heritage Area Program. http://www.nysparks.state.ny.us/. About 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 and/or visit http://www.albany.org/.

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