BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - A report in today's Business First says downtown can absorb hotel developments that are in the immediate pipeline. For the first time, Buffalo will have a Marriott and Hilton is making a return. Recent development plans from the Sabres, along with Mark Hamister and Benderson Development, could add 419 hotel rooms to the downtown inventory, which is about 1,800. Erie County has nearly 9,200 rooms in all.
Nearly 500 other new hotel rooms are planned in suburban developments. Developers say the economics are good and occupancy rates are high.
This week's Business First also features a one on one interview with Larry Quinn, who used to run the Sabres under the Rigas family and Tom Golisano.
He offers insight into the Buffalo Sabres and the NHL lockout. Quinn was around for the 2004-2005 lockout. He says this time he thinks there is a lot of conversation, but no negotiating going on. But he says there is a middle ground so both sides need to figure out what it is and start playing hockey. He also talks about Buffalo's waterfront.
You can find the interview in today's Business First.