Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment has signed an agreement with JC Hospitality to operate the 60,000 square foot gaming room at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, which will soon be rebranded.
In addition to marking the debut of the Las Vegas global entertainment brand, the company also marks the first Native American tribe to enter the Las Vegas Strip market.
The multi-year contract is slated to open in 2020, pending the building’s good completion and MGE’s pending regulatory approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission.
Commenting on the deal, Mario Kontomerkos, Chief Executive Officer of MGE, said: “By aligning the MGE brand with Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, we are expanding our growing reach into yet another legendary global entertainment capital. Experience seekers around the world, together with Virgin Hotels, have the opportunity to take part in an extraordinary guest tour that only our strategic alliance can offer. “
MGE is currently in the midst of an important development chapter to become known as “the world’s leading developer of integrated entertainment resorts”.
In addition to its flagship Connecticut property, Mohegan also has a global presence in Atlantic City, Pennsylvania and Washington, Canada and South Korea, and is officially submitting an IER approval offer in Greece.
James Gessner Jr., Interim Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe, commented, “This new and exciting relationship brings together two ‘Best in Class’ organizations and continues the Mohegan Tribe’s tradition of breaking new ground for others.”
The property recently announced an agreement with AEG Presents to assume responsibility for the management, operations and booking of the joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, beginning in early 2020 when the hotel is renamed Virgin Hotels Las Vegas .
The eight-month renovation is slated to begin in early February 2020, and the redesigned Las Vegas Lifestyle Casino Resort is slated to open by the end of the same year.
“Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment, an extension of the Mohegan tribe, prides itself on traditional principles that align with modern values. We are excited that Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will be their first entry into the Las Vegas market, ”added Richard Bosworth, President and Chief Executive Officer of JC Hospitality, owner of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
“MGE continues to expand our commitment to working with world class operators in the transformation of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.”