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
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
"We've seen growth year after year," he
"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."
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
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
"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."
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
"Any reason we can attract or invite additional visitors to the area has to be a net positive overall," Mackin