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Foxwoods exec predicts long, hot summer

Jul 1, 2003 6:58 AM

Pent-up demand due to months of discouraging weather conditions will result in a booming economic upturn this summer, predicts Bill Sherlock, president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.

Speaking before a group of travel industry leaders, Sherlock emphasized that "the region is due for an outstanding summer season. The sun hasn’t been shining since October, and we think we have tremendous pent-up demand for our business and your businesses."

Sherlock said that the Mashantucket Pequot Indians, owner of the Foxwoods Resort Casino, will kick off a $100 million expansion for the property on July 4 with completion set for the middle of next year. He said the expansion will involve 120,000 square feet of additional gaming, retail and entertainment space and a 2,100 car parking garage.

As part of the attraction, the expansion will include a Hard Rock Café, and a non-smoking bingo hall. Sometime in 2005, the Tribe will introduce its Lake of Isles Golf Club that will have two 18-hole golf courses.

Sherlock also focused on the Tribe’s cooperation in local tourism efforts by attending meetings of people working on improving the regional transportation system.

The long-time Las Vegas gaming executive urged the tourism leaders to cooperate in developing a single Web site that would advertise all the benefits that tourists could enjoy in visiting the area.