Syracuse Hotels Benefiting Only Slightly from State Fair, Survey Shows

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A new survey from has looked at the hotel situation in Syracuse for the Great New York State Fair.

Syracuse’s largest annual event and a family tradition since 1923, the New York State Fair draws more than a million people to the city each year. Surprisingly, as the fair prepares to get underway, a significant number of hotel rooms are still available, even over the event’s two weekend runs, according to a new survey from

At the moment, less than 50% of Syracuse hotels are sold out during weekends when the fair will be in session. Indeed, last-minute fair goers can still find a hotel room for around $100 on both Saturdays (August 25 and September 1). It’s only if they want to stay very close to the fairgrounds or in downtown Syracuse that they will have to spend around $150.

“Syracuse has only around 20 regular hotels, so it comes as a surprise that they are not sold out during an event as big and as popular as the New York State Fair, at least on the weekends,” comments Michelle Powell from She concludes, “It seems the vast majority of fair visitors come from not too far away and return home the same day. Because of their proximity, they don’t have a need to spend the night in Syracuse.”

Also according to the survey, Syracuse hotel rates overall have risen only moderately because of the New York State Fair. On average, for the first weekend of the event (August 25-26), hotel rates are approximately 23% higher compared to regular rates. During the event’s weekday run, prices are more or less remaining normal, with an average rate increase of only 11%.

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