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New York State Hospitality Poised for Growth

Trade Group’s Headquarters Offers Productivity and Room for Expansion 

With New York State’s hotel and tourism industries enjoying their strongest year since the 2009 recession, Albany’s New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSHTA) is busier than ever. And, thanks to moving its new headquarters to 1 Computer Drive last year, the non-profit trade group is ready to meet growing demand.

President Jan Marie Chesterton explained that the move enabled her to provide her staff with a comfortable, productive work environment and room to grow.  “Our staff are very happy here,” she said. “When we moved in we had The Anderson Group help us optimize the space for ease and productivity. We had them reconfigure the space to be more efficient, including adding a new kitchen/breakroom and improving the entry way. We also built  extra offices so we are ready to expand when we need to.”

NYSHTA completed its move to the 5,400 square foot space in June 2012. According to Chesterton, the process went smoothly from start to finish. She was particularly pleased with the expertise and help that The Anderson Group’s in-house staff provided in helping her plan the space.

“The staff involved in the setup and the design were exceptional,” she explained. “Designer Amanda Watkinson really knew her stuff and how to take care of a customer. She used AutoCad drawings to easily illustrate the new layout and provided great options for all finishes including devising a beautiful etching treatment for the front door frame that came out really nicely.”

The employees who work for NYSHTA love the office’s proximity to restaurants, shopping, highways and the airport They also enjoy being set back from Wolf Road corridor enough to enjoy some green space outside, which Chesterton outfitted with a picnic table for breaks, meals, and gatherings.

Chesterton also praises the in-house property management staff at The Anderson Group. “They’re very responsive, friendly, and professional,” she said.

Meeting New Demands

NYSHTA is ready to meet the evolving challenges of the growing hospitality industry in its new headquarters. From more efficient storage and mailroom facilities to common workspace and room for new hires, the new office is ideally designed for the group, which provides members with everything from legislative lobbying to coordination and collaboration with state tourism organizations.

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