Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment has signed an agreement with JC Hospitality to see the company run the 60,000-square foot gaming room inside the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, which will shortly be re-branded.
The undertaking not only marks the debut of the Las Vegas global entertainment brand, but also marks the first Native American Tribe to function on the Las Vegas Strip market.
The multi-year contract is scheduled to be opened in 2020 depending on the good completion of building and the regulatory approval of MGE by the Nevada Gaming Commission pending.
Mario Kontomerkos, MGE’s chief executive officer, said of the deal: “Aligning the MGE brand with Virgin Hotels Las Vegas extends our growing reach into yet another legendary global entertainment capital. Together with Virgin Hotels, experience seekers all over the world will have the opportunity to partake in an extraordinary guest journey that only our strategic alliance can deliver.”
MGE is presently in the midst of a important development chapter as it seeks to become known as “the worlds’s leading integrated entertainment resort developer.”
In addition to its flagship estate in Connecticut, Mohegan also enjoys a presence in Atlantic City, Pennsylvania and Washington, as well as in Canada and South Korea globally, while also formally submitting an IER permit offer in Greece.
James Gessner Jr, interim chairman of the Mohegan Tribe commented: “This new and exciting relationship brings together two ‘Best in Class’ organisations and continues the Mohegan Tribe’s tradition of blazing new trails for others to follow.”
The estate recently announced an arrangement with AEG Presents to assume responsibility for managing, operating and booking The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, starting in early 2020 when the property is re-branded as Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
The eight-month refurbishment is scheduled to start in early February 2020 and at the end of the same year the re-imagined Las Vegas lifestyle casino resort is scheduled to open.
“Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment, as an extension of the Mohegan Tribe, pride themselves on traditional principles, in sync with modern values. We are excited that Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will be their first entry in the Las Vegas market,” added Richard Bosworth, president and chief executive officer of JC Hospitality, owner of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
“MGE further expands on our commitment to partner with best-in-class operators for the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas transformation.”