Caesars Entertainment has announced plans to begin a $325 million conversion of its Harrah’s New Orleans property, which will be renamed Caesars New Orleans upon completion.
The renovation and transformation is expected to be completed in 2024, including a new hotel tower, updated interior and exterior elements, and enhanced culinary and hospitality offerings.
The proposals submitted to the New Orleans Building Corporation seek to “create a new flagship resort” that embraces the brand of global renown.
Tom Reeg, CEO of Caesars Entertainment said: “We are excited to introduce Caesars New Orleans to the city. As the only land-based gaming operator in the city, we take great pride in our 20-year history in New Orleans, and this reinvestment is a testament to our continued commitment.”
Premier plans for the site, New Orleans’ first land-based casino, include a 340-room hotel tower above the current casino valet porte cochère, new culinary and hospitality offerings inside the casino, further creation of a second-floor district, and complete improvements in architecture and design for the exterior and interior.
LaToya Cantrell, mayor of New Orleans said:
“We will continue to move this city forward and fuel our economic recovery, moving important projects that put people to work and entertain residents and visitors alike.
“We are excited that this expansion will mean hundreds of construction jobs during the project and hundreds more in sustainable and new jobs post-construction. The addition of Caesars New Orleans will strengthen our city’s position as the top cultural and entertainment destination city in the nation.”
In June of 2019, an extension to its operating contract was awarded to Caesars Entertainment, enabling service until 2054. The company will provide millions in tax revenues to New Orleans and Louisiana as part of this deal, thus generating 600 construction jobs during production and 500 sustainable and new jobs after the construction process.
Samir Mowad, general manager of Harrah’s New Orleans added: “As a native of New Orleans, I am so proud that we are working with local architects and designers to help enhance an already incredible destination.
“What was shared today is only the beginning of a transformation that will bring new energy, excitement, and fun to New Orleans.”