Lodging is considered one of the most important keys in the quality of experience that guests enjoy. The Lake Champlain region gets so many visitors each year at least 86,000 in 2007 at Fort Ticonderoga alone according to Director of Marketing Marcy Hall - that constructing a new hotel in Ticonderoga will serve as an important step in attracting even more and larger groups of people every year. Peter and Denise Ward are opening a new 54 room hotel under the Best Western International on April 1, 2008 in Ticonderoga that will be offering amenities such as a restaurant, indoor pool, fitness center, and importantly, a banquet and meeting facility. This addition to the current lodging in the area will significantly increase the regions ability integrate their lodging services with the events at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point most notably, and the dozens of other activities around Lake Champlain. Suzanne Maye, Manager of the Lake Champlain Visitors Center, is enthusiastic about the project. We think that the development of a larger lodging property is important to the tourism infrastructure around Lake Champlain, she says. Having the capacity to host large groups of people is important for the local economy which depends in large part on the thousands of visitors who travel to the region each year. Not only will the new facilities attract additional visitors, but providing more career opportunities to the surrounding communities will be extremely beneficial. Ward says that most of the employees at the new hotel will come from Ticonderoga itself, Hague, and Crown Point. The Adirondacks are such a great place to visit, because people know that the relaxation and welcoming atmosphere they are looking for will be here when they come.