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About Syracuse

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Officially formed in the mid 1820s and named after a town of the same spelling in Sicily, Syracuse has been a pivotal point for many industries and events throughout our state’s history. Whether it was the Erie Canal and railroad eras, the Underground Railroad or the industrial revolution (which capitalized on its high volume of halite, giving rise to its “Salt City” nickname), Syracuse’s central location has often made it an ideal gathering place.  Today that tradition continues, with such attractions as The New York State Fair and Destiny USA — the state’s largest shopping, dining and entertainment “mega-plex” — drawing visitors from all corners of the globe.  In 2018, SUNYCUAD once again follows suit, inviting hundreds of advancement and marketing communications professionals to learn and develop in a city that’s undergoing a tremendous resurgence, with a perfect mix of history and progress which offers visitors a unique and memorable experience.


About The Hotel

According to, The Marriott Syracuse Downtown is the finest historic hotel in the city, elegantly restored to reflect the original grandeur of the former Hotel Syracuse. Each of its prolific guest rooms feature Stickley furniture and marble bathrooms, along with many other comforts. Its 41,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces are truly magnificent, and its onsite dining options span the spectrum from upscale cuisine to traditional pub fare. The hotel is located just steps from Syracuse’s OnCenter (convention center) in the heart of downtown, and a short walk to the famous Armory Square district. Recently honored with the AAA Four Diamond Award, this iconic structure has hosted numerous dignitaries and celebrities since its 1924 opening, including presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, as well as such musical icons as Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, and John Lennon.