BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, once the
crown jewel of Mississippi's Gulf Coast casino row, has reopened
for business on today's one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Several hundred workers lined up along the front entrance of the
casino to a round of applause during the ceremony which included
Biloxi Mayor A-J Holloway and Governor Haley Barbour.
The August 29th, 2005, storm damaged or destroyed 13 hotel-casinos on the Mississippi coast.
A year after the storm flooded the lobby of the Beau Rivage, three-thousand-800 employees went back to work.
The casino is the largest employer in Biloxi and joins the gaming industry as one of the largest employers in the state.
Casino spokeswoman Mary Cracchiolo says the resort is focusing on bringing back former customers and booking the hotel's meeting spaces.
She says the resort's customer base stretches from Texas to Florida. She says the focus of customer campaigns will change as the resort is able to gauge the market.
The 800 million dollar casino is owned by MGM Mirage. It was built in 1999.
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