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SALAMANCA, N.Y. Strengthening their position as the premier gaming
operator in the Western New York region, Seneca Gaming Corporation announced that it plans
to build a new hotel tower at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca. The project
was recently approved by separate votes of the companys Board of Directors and the
Seneca Nation of Indians Council.
Seneca Gaming Corporation is planning a $53 million project that will add
approximately 200 hotel rooms at the gaming and entertainment resort, essentially doubling
the number of hotel rooms available for patrons. The current 212-room hotel tower opened
in 2007 and has received a Four Diamond rating for service and quality from AAA in each of
the past four years.
The ability to offer additional hotel capacity will help strengthen
our position in the marketplace and further establish Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel
as a true destination resort, said Karen Karsten, Chairman of the Seneca Gaming
Corporation Board of Directors. As we continue to expand our reach, strengthen our
marketing programs and work with other tourism leaders in the Southern Tier, we need to
offer our patrons the complete experience they have come to expect from Seneca Gaming
In addition to its current 212-room hotel tower, Seneca Allegany Casino
& Hotel offers patrons the complete gaming resort experience. The property features
68,300 square feet of world-class gaming space with more than 2,000 slot machines and 30
table games, outstanding entertainment in the 2,300-seat Seneca Event Center, a
full-service spa and salon, an indoor swimming pool, four exquisite dining destinations
and multiple retail outlets.
We are proud that our Nations Allegany Territory is home to
the premier gaming destination resort in the region and the destination of choice for
millions of visitors each year, added Robert Odawi Porter, President of the Seneca
Nation of Indians. Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel is a symbol of quality and
stands as a testament to the Seneca Nations entrepreneurial success and our bright
economic future. The new hotel tower is the start of an exciting new chapter for the
property and the latest milestone in our efforts to achieve true financial sovereignty for
the Seneca people.
The hotel at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel has been a particularly
strong performer. According to Seneca Gaming Corporation officials, occupancy rates are
above 95 percent for the past nine months. More than 1.5 million people have visited the
resort so far this year, including significant numbers from Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Logistically, we simply cannot meet the demand for on-site hotel
accommodations, particularly during peak times and for concerts and special events,
creating scenarios where guests seeking hotel rooms were turned away, said Gus
Tsivikis, General Manager, Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel. In todays
gaming market, patrons are looking for getaway opportunities that are not only convenient,
but that also stand out in their quality, comfort, service and excitement. All of the
right factors are in place for this project to succeed.