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CVB unveils new smartphone app

There are new apps for download for the Albany CVB and 3-1-1.

There are new apps for download for the Albany CVB and 3-1-1.

ALBANY, Ga. — Out-of-towners interested in locating local restaurants, hotels and attractions just got a tool to make their stay in Albany a bit easier.

The Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau has just developed a new application for smartphones that will pinpoint restaurants, hotels, attractions and other nifty things and will even help make reservations and purchase tickets.

“Since there is a growing smartphone market out there, we thought it would be a good idea to help turn a phone into a mobile tool to help people navigate around Albany and to find things to do,” CVB Director Rashelle Beasley said.

The app is a free download from itunes and the Android store. For itunes, search for the app using the phrase “Visit Albany,” and on Android devices, search for the app using the phrase “Discover Albany.”

“We think it’s a neat tool to help visitors when they’re in town,” Beasley said.

Earlier this year, 3-1-1, the local government’s information and work order request program, unveiled their app to help those living in the city more easily report potholes, graffiti, power outages and the like.

The 3-1-1’s app also allows users to snap a photo with their smart phone and attach the photo to their work order.