Harrah’s Cherokee announces new expansion
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort announced on Tuesday, Jan. 17 that funding for construction of a convention center and fourth hotel tower was approved by Tribal Council.
“I’m extremely pleased that we were able to pass this through Council and continue to grow our enterprise,” said Principal Chief Patrick Lambert. “The convention center and hotel is just a first step in completing our vision of making Cherokee a great place to visit, benefiting not only our casino but our Tribal businesses as well.”
The project is expected to include approximately 100,000 square feet of convention meeting space, 600 to 800 hotel rooms, and a new parking deck, substantially increasing the resort’s total convention meeting and hotel room inventory, solidifying Harrah’s Cherokee as the largest hotel resort in North Carolina.
“We are excited to add yet another amenity to the Harrah’s Cherokee brand and be able to offer accommodations and meeting space to the strong convention sales business that has taken root in North Carolina,”said Brooks Robinson, regional senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s Cherokee. “The addition of hotel rooms will also allow us to accommodate destination and leisure travelers as well, increasing tourism dollars to the Qualla Boundary and Western North Carolina. This project will employ numerous construction workers and ultimately allow us to continue to grow our employee base at Harrah’s Cherokee.”
The project will be constructed on the property of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, which is currently undergoing construction for its bowling and entertainment complex, set to open in late 2017.
– Harrah’s Cherokee