Seneca Gaming Corporation has announced plans to build a new hotel tower at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca. The $53 million project will add approximately 200 hotel rooms at the gaming and entertainment resort, essentially doubling the number of hotel rooms available for patrons. The current 212-room hotel tower opened in 2007 and has received a Four Diamond rating for service and quality from AAA in each of the past four years.

"The ability to offer additional hotel capacity will help strengthen our position in the marketplace and further establish Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel as a true destination resort," said Karen Karsten, Chairman of the Seneca Gaming Corporation Board of Directors, in a statement.

Seneca Allegany has 68,300-square-feet of gaming space, more than 2,000 slot machines and 30 table games, a 2,300-seat Seneca Event Center, a full-service spa and salon, an indoor swimming pool, four restaurants and multiple retail outlets.

The hotel at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel has been a particularly strong performer. According to Seneca Gaming Corporation officials, occupancy rates are above 95 percent for the past nine months. More than 1.5 million people have visited the resort so far this year, including significant numbers from Pennsylvania and Ohio.

"Logistically, we simply cannot meet the demand for on-site hotel accommodations, particularly during peak times and for concerts and special events, creating scenarios where guests seeking hotel rooms were turned away," said Gus Tsivikis, General Manager, Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel.