News for the Hospitality Executive
The Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott
at Penn Square
Represent a $170 million Cornerstone to the Revitalization of Downtown
LANCASTER, Pa.– The Lancaster County Convention Center (LCCC) and Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, the $170 million cornerstone to the revitalization of downtown Lancaster, Pa., are the most important regional economic development undertaking in decades. The new, integrated facility of both the convention center and adjoining 300-room hotel, representing a combined 90,000 square feet of meeting space, are currently being built within the façade of the historic Watt & Shand department store site. The Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square is operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts. Interstate showcases its demonstrated industry expertise with this project, which is the 13th managed Pennsylvania property in the IHR portfolio. Both the convention center and hotel are scheduled to open in March 2009 (http://www.lancasterconventioncenter.com).
During construction, the convention center and hotel are projected to inject nearly $150 million into the local economy and generate approximately 550 jobs. Upon completion, an additional $42 million in economic impact is forecasted annually and an estimated 200-300 full-time staffers.
“Lancaster County has a wide variety of entertainment, historic sites and a reputation for value. The local community is preparing to welcome new visitors with a special touch of Lancaster hospitality. Several great meeting and convention prospects are already in the works,” says Chris Barrett, president and ceo, Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau.
With more than 48,000 square feet of unobstructed meeting and exhibit
space and two ballrooms of more than 9,000 square feet each, The Lancaster
County Convention Center offers meeting planners abundant, flexible space
for groups of a wide variety of sizes. The convention center and hotel
provide savvy travelers with the latest state-of-the-future, high-tech
At the Lancaster Marriott, meeting attendees can expect all the amenities
the Marriott name commands. Marriott’s latest technology includes 32-inch
LCD high-definition televisions and the industry's only digital “Plug &
Play” system connecting a laptop to the TV. New “Revive” bedding flaunts
300 thread-count sheets, pillow top mattresses and plush duvets.
|Also See:||Joshua Nowak Named Director of Sales and Marketing of the Lancaster County Convention Center and the 300 room Marriott Lancaster at Penn Square, Lancaster, Pennsylvania / July 2007|