Not everyone is coming to Schenectady to gamble.
Schenectady County officials today recognized the new Rivers Casino & Resort for hosting almost 200 meetings, conferences and other special events in 2019, including trade shows and a national convention.
“We thank the entire team at Rivers, especially the Events Center staff, for recruiting and successfully hosting meetings and conferences,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chairman of the Schenectady County Legislature. “By bringing more people to the area we are able to showcase all the great things in and around Schenectady County, and how much we have to offer businesses, individuals and families.”
Jeff McDonald, Chairman of Discover Schenectady and a member of the Schenectady County Legislature noted: “We are proud of the work that our team at Discover Schenectady has done to support them in their efforts to bring more visitors to Schenectady County. Rivers has exceeded our expectations with their outstanding work in attracting meetings and special events to our community.”
Officials said the meetings and conferences attracted nearly 21,000 people to Schenectady County, generating 7,850 room nights at The Landing Hotel located adjacent to the Events Center, plus additional room bookings at nearby hotels.
“We are very pleased to host these meetings and bring thousands of additional visitors to Schenectady,” said Justin Moore, general manager of Rivers Casino & Resort. “Meeting planners are responding very well to our conference facilities with adjoining hotel, excellent service and convenient parking.”
The Rivers’ Events Center can host 1,000 guests, with banquet seating for 600. The casino has parking facility for almost 2,400 cars in a parking garage and surface lots directly adjacent to the Events Center.
During a Harbor Jam summer concert in August this year, the Rivers Casino & Resort attracted more than 30,000 visitors to Schenectady County.