###Destiny USA is a 2.4 million square foot tourist destination in Syracuse, NY that includes a strong mix of luxury outlet tenants, restaurants and entertainment. New brands are continuing to open to create a unique and dynamic consumer shopping experience. A stunning three-story glass atrium provides perfect weather year round. Oxford Economics has projected an annual visitation rate of over 29 million visitors from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Destiny USA is expected to be the second most visited shopping center in the country, according to Travel and Leisure magazine. It is the largest LEED® Gold certified retail commercial building in the world. Media Contact: Rob Schoeneck, 315.466.6000
Destiny USA is thrilled to offer a comfortable place for tour bus drivers to take a break after a long drive. Syracuse, N.Y. -Destiny USA has announced the debut of a new bus drivers' lounge that opened on the facility's first level to accommodate and attract the drivers of the motor coaches carrying increasing numbers of group tours visiting the destination. Destiny USA hosted more than 140 registered bus tours last year and registered tour bus visitation has grown by 77% from January to April 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. Representatives of Destiny USA have already attended more than 14 travel trade shows in 2013 and will continue traveling the world to promote Syracuse as a destination for group tours. The creation of a great, new environment for bus drivers to relax in while bringing guests to the area will only enhance these efforts. "We are putting the welcome mat out for an increasing amount of motor coach drivers and providing them a comfortable place to relax while off the road," Rose Hapanowich, of Destiny USA, stated. "The new driver's lounge will make Destiny USA stand out among other destinations s with this dedicated space just for them. This will enhance our appeal and hopefully be a big decision making factor in planning itineraries for groups." As the visitors flow in from the buses, the drivers will have a chance to rest and relax. Destiny USA is excited to provide bus drivers from all around an alternative relaxing area for them to put their feet up and get refreshed before heading back on the road. The bus drivers' lounge will offer comfortable couches and access to television, internet and complimentary snacks and beverages for the drivers to enjoy. "Group tours are an important option for bringing international visitors to shopping destinations across the United States," Rosemary McCormick, President of the Shop America Alliance, stated. "I have traveled North America visiting shopping and entertainment destinations through my organization and have yet to see something come together like this new drivers' lounge at Destiny USA. It's quite an accomplishment and will be a valued attribute when attracting new group tours." "A comfortable place for a bus driver to rejuvenate from a long day is the perfect way to attract more bus tours to Destiny USA," Spike Herzig, President of the Herzig Group said. "It's a unique asset to have on site as drivers' have a huge impact on the stopover and final destination for their traveling guests.