Inauguration of the Casino de Mont-Tremblant - An uncommon tourist destination

    MONT-TREMBLANT, QC, June 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Around 550 people will gather
on Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort's Versant Soleil tonight to celebrate the
inauguration of the Casino de Mont-Tremblant. It will be a magical evening,
bringing together many well-known personalities from the region's economic,
tourist and political communities. Minister of Tourism Nicole Ménard, National
Assembly Member for Labelle Sylvain Pagé and the Mayor of Mont-Tremblant,
Pierre Pilon will all be on hand for the event.
    "After many months of work, we are truly proud to open our doors and let
people see how we have left no stone unturned in our efforts to make this
casino something quite unique," said Loto-Québec President and CEO Alain
    Minister Nicole Ménard added, "I am thrilled to share in this very
tangible event, one that means so much for the development of the Laurentian
region. Besides the 225 jobs it will create, the new Casino is a formative
project for the local economy that will make a positive contribution to
regional development."
    "Veritable jewel in the heart of the mountain, the Casino de
Mont-Tremblant will be a complementary entertainment venue to the high calibre
tourism, cultural, restaurant and hotel infrastructures that are already well
established in the region. It goes without saying that the new casino is a
four-season attraction that will help strengthen the status of Mont-Tremblant
as an international tourist magnet," Mr. Cousineau went on to say.
    The Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort is undoubtedly the most important
international resort centre in Québec. With a gaming offer tailored to its
specific clientele - it is estimated that 65% of visitors are from outside
Québec (1) - resort, tourist and vacationing customers will find a warm
welcome and unrivalled ambiance at the Casino de Mont-Tremblant.
    Loto-Québec intends to continue to be involved in the community as a good
corporate citizen. The management team at Casino de Mont-Tremblant has already
established strong ties to the community and has a solid relationship with
many Laurentian partners in the tourism and economic areas.
    "The Casino will open to the public tomorrow. As Loto-Québec's President
and CEO concluded, "Our staff will be waiting to give visitors a warm and
enthusiastic welcome." The first 500 visitors to the Casino will receive a
souvenir gift.

    Photographs of the official ceremony will be available this evening on
    the CNW web site and on the web site from 8:30 a.m on
    Wednesday, June 24.

    B-roll video of the opening of the Casino de Mont-Tremblant will be
    available on Wednesday, June 24 between 2 and 2:30 p.m. The images will
    also be available on the CNW web site starting at 5 p.m. on the same day.

    (1) Intrawest, 2008.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: Marie-Claude Rivet, Assistant Manager,
Loto-Québec Corporate Media Relations, (514) 499-5079

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