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Mr. Merle Mackin

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Executive Director

Local Address: Bureau, Iowa, United States
Luzerne County Convention

Employment History

  • Executive Director
    Visitors Bureau

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Board of Directors | About | Cranberry Creek, 22 April 2015 [cached]
Merle Mackin, Luzerne County Visitors Bureau
TFP Limited : Office Northeast Pennsylvania Real Estate Development and Management : 275 Mundy St., 20 Nov 2014 [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.
WhoWeAre, 15 Sept 2010 [cached]
Merle Mackin
Merle Mackin, executive ..., 17 Nov 2013 [cached]
Merle Mackin, executive director of Luzerne County Convention and Visitors Bureau, expects the hotel sector will continue to grow in the area since, he said, there is a demand for additional rooms. He doesn't think there are too many hotels, saying studies are completed to ensure the area will be profitable. The area's proximity to Interstate 81 is a big factor for the demand, since it leads to travelers looking for hotel rooms, Mackin said. People stay in area hotels for a variety of reasons, he said, such as those going to the arena, casino and racetrack as well as weddings, class reunions and business functions.
"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.
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