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Albany convention center impact quantified

ALBANY — The Albany Convention Center Authority said Monday the downtown facility had generated $6.8 million in new direct visitor spending in the second quarter of 2019.

This derived from 22,041 attendees at 53 events ranging from a comic con to a teachers convention. It compares with $2.1 million in comparable economic impact in the second quarter of 2018.

Convention center visitors also spent 13,038 nights in hotels during the second quarter of 2019, helping to generate the occupancy tax that helps fund the operation of the convention center.

Since it opened in March 2017, the Albany Capital Center has hosted more than 250,000 visitors at conventions, public meetings and athletic competitions.

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