It’s been a long time since anyone has danced in the Grand Ballroom or the Persian Terrace at Hotel Syracuse. A series of various ownership changes and financial problems have long plagued the hotel. Earlier this month though, the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency took the first steps to prepare to use eminent domain to get the hotel foreclosed and sold to a willing buyer. A businessman from Camillus wants to rehabilitate the hotel. If the Hotel Syracuse does re-open, Onondaga County could benefit by booking more conventions at the OnCenter.
Syracuse-area tourism officials say the proposed Destiny USA hotel is a great step for generating interest and economic growth in the area. Destiny officials sent a letter to the county executive and mayor expressing their intentions to build a $75 million, 252-room hotel as part of their master plan. Convention and Visitors Bureau President David Holder says Destiny as a destination appears to be coming to fruition, and there are still untapped markets. He says the area is ready for another hotel.