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Mr. Merle Mackin

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Executive Director

Local Address: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Visitors Bureau

Employment History

  • Executive Director
    Luzerne County Convention

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Lawton has asked county Convention and ..., 2 July 2014 [cached]
Lawton has asked county Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Merle Mackin to take the lead working with CGI to identify key locations to be featured.
Mackin said he just started working with CGI representatives and has not received a schedule for targeted completion.
He already has a long list of sites worthy of inclusion, including waterfalls at the Seven Tubs Nature Area in Plains Township, the River Common recreational area along the Susquehanna River in downtown Wilkes-Barre with the historic county courthouse in the background and Eckley Miners' Village in Foster Township.
The county's colleges and universities, the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township, the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Plains Township and health care facilities also should be featured, he said.
TFP Limited : Office Northeast Pennsylvania Real Estate Development and Management : 275 Mundy St., 3 Oct 2013 [cached]
It is one of 44 hotels in Luzerne County, according to Merle Mackin, executive director of Luzerne County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
There are now 44 hotels in Luzerne County and more than half are located in Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes-Barre Township, Plains Township and Pittston, said Merle Mackin, executive director of Luzerne County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"We certainly welcome all these additions," Mackin said.
There are 44 hotels in Luzerne County, and about 24 are located in the Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes-Barre Twp. and Plains Twp. areas, said Merle Mackin, executive director of Luzerne County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Hotels and other developments began popping up after the arena opened in 1999 and more are being built as a result of continued growth in the area, Mr. Mackin said.
"We've seen growth year after year," he said. "This is really the beginning of the development of the hospitality industry in the area. There is just a constant increase in the amount of properties, destinations and events that was spurred initially by the increased visitors to the arena."
Mr. Mackin expects the growth will continue.
"As long as our economy stays strong, we're going to see continued growth in the hospitality industry throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, not only in the greater Wilkes-Barre area, but in the Poconos and Lackawanna County as well," he said.
Merle Mackin, director of the Luzerne County Convention and Visitors' Bureau, agreed that other hotels and banquet facilities will still find a niche, even if the Mohegan Sun eventually dominates the market.
"It certainly will attract business that we have not been able to provide in the past, but I don't necessarily see it as tremendously detrimental to all the weddings and class reunions and all of the other conventions and conferences that we have at the existing properties," Mackin said. "Because of the fact that it's located within a casino environment, there are certain groups who may not feel it's appropriate for their particular event or banquet."
Mackin also said the casino will attract guests from further a-field than those traveling the casino now, and some guests coming specifically to gamble will likely take advantage of other area tourism amenities. They could return in the future to take advantage of those features, he said.
"Any reason we can attract or invite additional visitors to the area has to be a net positive overall," Mackin said.
"It's definitely going to be a ..., 14 Nov 2013 [cached]
"It's definitely going to be a destination now," said Merle Mackin, the director of the Luzerne County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
With 238 rooms, plus meeting space and other amenities, the $50 million addition off Route 315 will attract gamblers from greater distances as well as the convention and wedding industry that likes a site where rooms are available.
"These conventions bring in big bucks and have a huge economic development opportunity," Mackin said.
"It's going to be substantial," Mackin said.
Mackin said that while there may be some concern that Mohegan Sun's new hotel may "cannibalize" other hotels, he believes it's too early to know if that will be the case. He said he doesn't think that will happen and that the hotel/convention center, with an event center that can hosts concerts and other shows, will bring more people into the area, not all of whom will stay at the Mohegan hotel.
Board of Directors | About | Cranberry Creek, 2 July 2014 [cached]
Merle Mackin, Luzerne County Visitors Bureau
WhoWeAre, 15 Sept 2010 [cached]
Merle Mackin
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