Caesars Windsor opens to rave reviews


    WINDSOR, ON, June 19 /CNW/ - Even long-time Las Vegas veterans were in
awe as they got their first look at Caesars Windsor, and the $439 million
expansion and renovation that has transformed Ontario's first casino-resort
into a property rivaling the world's best.
    Caesars Windsor welcomed more than 5,000 guests to a Gala Opening
tonight, launching a new era of luxury and style on the Canadian side of the
Detroit River.
    "This is a tremendous property. It is not just the largest casino-resort
in the Detroit-Windsor market, it is the largest casino-resort in Canada,"
enthused Kevin Laforet, President and CEO of Caesars Windsor. "Combining this
great facility with the world-renowned Caesars name makes Caesars Windsor a
premier destination for world-class entertainment and getaways."
    Highlights of the black-tie Gala Opening included a performance by rock
star Billy Joel, inaugurating the Colosseum - a 5,000 seat, state-of-the-art
entertainment centre. Guests also had the opportunity to get a first-hand look
at the new, 100,000 square foot convention space, and the stunning 27-story
Augustus Tower - with its soaring lobby, grand pillars, Romanesque art,
statues and spectacular fountain.
    "This is our first expansion of the Caesars brand internationally and
signals our commitment to and confidence in this market," said Gary Loveman,
chairman, CEO and president of Harrah's Entertainment. "As the world leader in
gaming, we are pleased to bring to Canada the customer-service excellence and
first-class amenities that are the hallmark of the Caesars brand."
    Today's opening marks the culmination of a three-year project - a
partnership between Harrah's Entertainment and the Government of Ontario.
    "We have been fully committed to making a substantial investment in this
great facility," said Kelly McDougald, CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Corporation. "The superb amenities give us a major edge in attracting new and
repeat visitors."
    "The scope and grandeur of the new casino complex is in keeping with its
place as an economic driver and employer in the city and province," said
Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan. "The McGuinty
government's support for the casino renaissance is a direct result of our
commitment to strengthen Ontario's economy and encourage local job creation."
    The extensive expansion and renovation has dramatically increased the
size of the Windsor casino-resort, which now covers more than four hectares
(10 acres), making it the largest in Canada. Features of the new Augustus
Tower - now the tallest building on the Windsor skyline - include:

    -   24-foot high ceilings over a 12,000 sq. foot lobby;
    -   A stunning mosaic-tiled fountain featuring a 10-foot high sculpture
        of the "Three Graces," daughters of the Greek god Zeus. It holds
        3,000 gallons of water;
    -   A hand-painted triptych mural, behind the Front Desk, of the world-
        famous Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy; and
    -   Guest rooms boasting the best views of the riverfront and Detroit
        skyline - some with 180 degree vistas - through floor-to-ceiling
        windows. Combined with the existing (and newly renovated) Forum
        Tower, Caesars Windsor now has the largest hotel inventory in the
        city, with a total of 758 luxuriously-appointed rooms.

    Adding to Caesars Windsor's allure is Nero's, the steak house renowned
for world class dining and customer service, and an entertainment line-up that
includes famed comedian Chris Rock, country music stars Reba McEntire and
Randy Travis, and the legendary Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band.
    "There is no doubt we have felt the impact of competition from across the
river in recent years," Laforet said. "As of today, we are back in the game in
a big way."
    Tonight's Gala Opening is only the beginning of festivities celebrating
the launch of Caesars Windsor. Other opening weekend activities include:

    -   Food specials at restaurant outlets and live entertainment in Cosmos
        Lounge, starting at 8:30 p.m. tonight when Caesars Windsor opens to
        the public;
    -   A free commemorative Caesars medallion for the first 1,000 guests to
        sign up as new members for the award-winning Total Rewards program;
    -   The Caesars Celebration giveaway, on June 20 & 21, giving Total
        Rewards members a chance to win one of 10 fabulous Caesars vacation
        packages or up to 425,000 Reward Credits on each date; and
    -   On Sunday, June 22, for the first time ever, complimentary tolls at
        the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, with Caesars Windsor paying the way into
        Canada from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

For further information:

For further information: Holly Ward, Director, Communications and
Community Affairs, 1-800-991-7777 or (519) 258-7878, ext. 22869

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