The Casino de Mont-Tremblant opens its doors tomorrow - A welcome addition to the region's tourism offering

    MONT-TREMBLANT, QC, June 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Casino de Mont-Tremblant
opens its doors to the public tomorrow at 11 a.m. Loto-Québec is truly proud
to show off its new casino the first to open since the Casino du Lac Leamy
began operations in 1996. "In this magnificent site, we will be providing a
gaming offering tailored to the tourist clientele that frequents the
Mont-Tremblant region. Located on Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort's Versant Soleil,
the new casino is a quality entertainment venue for the tourist, vacation and
resort clientele of the region," said Casino de Mont-Tremblant general
manager, Daniel Bissonnette. "We are convinced that our project will be a
formative one for the region and the local economy and complements the already
established tourism offering in the best possible way," he declared.
    As is the case for the other Québec casinos, the Casino de Mont-Tremblant
has paid particular attention to aesthetics, building quality, environmental
harmony, customer service and security. The High Roller area that includes two
private salons is one of the Casino's signature features. A complete and
distinctive range of games is available, including some 400 slot machines and
25 dealer-operated gaming tables, 5 of which are reserved for Texas Hold'em
Poker. Rounding out the amenities are a 125-capacity bar with light food
service where events will be held on occasion and indoor and outdoor parking
facilities. Current Casino staff level is 225.
    To facilitate access to the new Casino, the free Casino Espress gondola
lift connecting Versant Sud with Versant Soleil will be at the disposal of
patrons. Finally, the Casino de Mont-Tremblant will be one of the rare ski in
- ski out casinos in North America, accessible to skiers right off the slopes.

    In a class by itself

    Nestled in a grandiose setting, the Casino de Mont-Tremblant uses all
natural materials for its decor: water, stone, wood, leather and suede in
warm, intense colours. The facility stands out by its environment, its
architecture, its fittings and the significant presence of works of art. A
selection of works from the Collection Loto-Québec will be on permanent
display. Local Laurentian artists created many of these works, including a
magnificent glass chandelier located on the High Roller floor.

    A responsible environment

    "While much attention was given to the aesthetic and functional aspects
of the building, it was just as essential for us to be able to provide our
clientele with a secure environment that meets the objectives of sustainable
development," said Mr. Bissonnette.
    As for environmental questions, it is worth noting that the building was
constructed to Canada Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) standards. A series of technical, structural and
consumer criteria as well as operational functionality make up the qualities
required to receive this accreditation.
    Moreover, the Casino de Mont-Tremblant applies the same control and
prevention measures as the other Québec casinos, including information
consoles on responsible gaming, a self-exclusion program, full staff training
and an intervention service to help players in a crisis situation.
    As concerned as always to keep responsible gaming at the top of its list
of priorities, Loto-Québec is proud to have recently been awarded Level 4
certification in responsible gaming - the highest available - from the World
Lottery Association (WLA), an international association of 140 lottery
corporations. Loto-Québec is the only operator of games of chance to have
received Level 4 certification. This certification clearly shows that
Loto-Québec has the necessary resources to assure ongoing improvement to its
responsible gaming help and awareness programs.

    A major construction site in the heart of the mountain

    Finally, the Casino General Manager added that the construction, begun in
2007, has provided some 352,000 man-hours of work for site employees, whose
numbers rose to 220 during the most intensive period of construction.
"Everyone - from the architects to the designers, carpenters, plumbers and
electricians took care to build a first-class casino, and this is something we
can all be very proud of."

    Photographs of the public inauguration will be available on the CNW and web sites as of Wednesday, June 24, at 2 p.m.

    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.

    /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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