San Manuel Band of Mission Indians unveil plans to expand casino space
November 10, 2017 9:14 AM
by Robert Mann
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, operators of the San Manuel Casino in southern California, have unveiled plans this week to improve and expand its casino space and build a hotel, a project that is expected to create approximately 1,400 jobs during construction and 1,200 new jobs in San Bernardino County.
“As a leading tourism destination in the region, we’re often asked, ‘Why doesn’t San Manuel have a hotel?’” said Jerry Paresa, Chief Executive Officer of the Tribe in a media release. “A hotel and other improvements will allow us to meet the growing needs of our guests, and bring additional economic benefits to the community.”
The proposed expansion project will take place within the existing casino site and enhance the overall guest experience and will include:
- A resort-style, approximately 500-room hotel;
- An expanded casino space with state-of-the-art amenities;
- Up to a 4,000-seat performance venue;
- Additional meeting and event space;
- New amenities, including a spa, high-quality restaurants and retail shops;
- A 2,200-vehicle parking structure;
- Power utility infrastructure.
According to the tribe, San Manuel is currently among the top 10 private employers in the San Bernardino County, supporting more than 4,200 employees. This expansion is expected to bring that figure to more than 5,400 jobs.
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, California. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government.