destiny-usa.JPGIn celebration of a full year of operating as "Destiny USA" One Year celebration events will be held during the anniversary weekend Syracuse, NY- On August 2nd 2012, Destiny USA officially re-branded from Carousel Center to Destiny USA. With the new name came additional tenants, jobs, and renovations within the space; as well as millions of new visitors. To honor the destination's s one year anniversary the community is invited to participate in special events and festivities Friday, August 2nd through Monday, August 5th The celebrations will kick off on August 2nd at 10:00am in the Canyon where there will be a special ceremony to highlight all the changes in the past year as well as a presentation of Destiny USA receiving the Woodman of the World Environmental award for green practices. Great American Cookies will present one of the largest cookie cakes ever made by the venue to kick off the celebration. The festivities will run the whole weekend and end on August 5th with the celebration of Canadian Civic Day. Forty-three stores opened in the expansion within the last year including a number of restaurants, clothing stores, and entertainment venues. These have added to the already 164 operating businesses, totaling 200+ venues currently open. This number continues to grow as a variety of projected tenants plan to open this year. There are currently more than 5,000 full time permanent employees currently working at Destiny USA with job demands continuing to increase as additional new businesses come online. "Destiny USA's guests and the surrounding community are what made this possible." Rob Schoeneck, Destiny USA General Manager, stated. We're so excited with the changes that have taken place over the last year, and looking back, it's amazing to see what is now open and what is to come." The schedule of events for the anniversary celebration is as follows: 8/2-      * One Year Celebration and presentation of Woodman of the World Environmental    award for green practices (10:00am) Help Destiny USA celebrate its one year anniversary with one of the largest cookie cakes ever made from Great American Cookies! A short award presentation highlighting Destiny USA's environmental commitment will take place followed by a delicious cookie cake made by Great American Cookies and sponsored by Sears Outlet, OptiGolf, Funny Bone Comedy Club and Pole Position Raceway!                 *Free Carousel rides all day long *Taste of Destiny 4:00pm- 7:30 pm   Enjoy discounts and Happy Hour specials at restaurants throughout Destiny USA. Stop in and wish Destiny USA a Happy One Year Anniversary for great deals! 8/3-      *Baby Expo 1 pm- 4pm in the Canyon       New and seasoned parents are invited to visit Destiny USA's Baby Expo on the first level in the Canyon Area! Find out where to register, what you need for your newborn and how to still find time for yourself during parenthood. Free play area for children so you can soak up all the fun and information!                                 *Free Carousel Rides all day long 8/4-      *Free Carousel Rides all day long 8/5-      *Civic Day (Canada) with Canadian Promotions/ Giveaway    Show your CAA card or Canadian ID and get a free Destiny USA souvenir bag with exclusive deals and discounts!

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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