New Ticonderoga hotel officially opens

TICONDEROGA Jovanna Stipo had trouble cutting the ribbon to formally open the Ticonderoga Best Western Inn & Suites May 23, but she was still all smiles. This is wonderful, said Stipo, who owns the new hotel along with her husband Michael and Denise and Peter Ward. Its been a lot of hard work, but everything has turned out wonderful. Located on Burgoyne Road just off Route 22, the new hotel has 54 rooms, a restaurant, a pub, a swimming pool and a banquet hall. It actually opened a month ago, but the formal grand opening ceremony wasnt held until last week. Weve been extremely busy, said Deb Malaney, hotel director of sales and marketing. Weve been full a number of nights and close to full others. People are finding us. Malaney said the hotel is already booked for several summer events, such as fishing tournaments and weddings. The Best Western figures to capitalize not only on tourism, but as a host for those on business in Ticonderoga. This will be a great help to International Paper, said Donna Wadsworth, Ti IP mill communications manager. Wadsworth toured the new hotel with Chris Mallon, mill manager. Also on hand were representatives of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ticonderoga Central School District and a host of political leaders, including Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward and Ti Supervisor Bob Dedrick. Lake Placid-Essex County Visitors Bureau President James McKenna was also on hand. He said the hotel will have a significant economic impact on the community. Jovanna Stipo said getting a new business off the ground is difficult, but she credited the Best Western Inn & Suites 28 new employees with making it easier. We hired good people, she said. They have done a great job.

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