By 2019, New England’s line-up of casinos will include:
- Two new casinos in Massachusetts
- Newport Grand moved from Newport to Tiverton, Rhode Island
- Maybe an additional casino in Connecticut.
The most important component favoring New England’s tourism business is the additional casino-attached hotel rooms offered in the area. This is not keeping in mind the affiliate hotels in each casino’s surrounding area, just those attached or directly on the property.
At this time, the seven operating “brick & mortar” casinos offer 4018 hotel rooms on their properties, with Foxwoods having the most with 2266 rooms and suites. There are only 3 Resort/Casinos that have hotels connected – Foxwoods (2266 rooms), Mohegan Sun (1600 rooms with the addition of the Earth Tower), Hollywood (152 rooms).
Withing the next two years, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine will add hotel rooms increasing the total number of casino hotel rooms by over 30%.
Oxford Casino, in Oxford, Maine will be completing their hotel later this year. Expansion of the existing Oxford Casino facility will feature over 100 new guestrooms including standard rooms and suites, additional dining options, an expansion of the gaming floor and new flexible meeting and banquet space. This hotel, as well as the unaffiliated Hampton Inn completed across the street, will have the greatest impact for tourists looking to stay and help the central Maine tourism improve its possible accommodations.
In Massachusetts, the addition of two new resort/casinos – MGM Springfield & Wynn Boston Harbor – will add almost 900 rooms. Wynn is expected to have 700 rooms, including Deluxe rooms, Parlor Suites and Panoramic View Suites. Click here for a look.
MGM Springfield, after downsizing its tower, will include a four-star luxury hotel with 250 guest rooms and 20 VIP suites.
Rhode Island’s casinos, both owned by Twin River Management, will undergo changes that will challenge casinos in both Massachusetts & Connecticut. Tiverton Town Council unanimously approved new zoning regulations that will allow Twin River Management Group Incorporated to construct its planned Twin River Tiverton Casino Hotel . Leaving Newport Grand for a new casino on a 45-acre site only a few hundred feet from the Rhode Island border with Massachusetts will challenge the progress that Plainridge Park has enjoyed in the last year. The Herald News reported that the plan for the Twin River Tiverton Casino Hotel moreover calls for the construction of an 84-room hotel along with a two-level parking garage capable of holding up to 1,800 cars
In Lincoln RI, Twin River Casino has seen much success in recent years with the addition of table games. John Taylor, chairman of the board at Twin River, said construction should begin this spring on an approximately 140-room hotel that will be built at the north entrance of Twin River, opening in July 2018. While Taylor admits “It’s not going to change the complexion of who we are – we are a convenience casino operator,” the hotel should bring in others around New England with hopes of staying for a day or two.
The additional room total after 2019 is approximately over 2000 rooms added. This improvement should change some of the “convenience” gambling to resort-status for more New England Casinos.
One note – If the Mashpee Wampanoag “First Light” Casino/Resort project is able to be completed, a total of 600 rooms will be offered in two phases in Taunton, near Plainridge Park, Wynn and Tiverton – another increase of 10% of the then over 6000 rooms available at New England casinos.
These are all welcome additions and should ease the concern of casino saturation. The pool of gamblers would be expanded by the ability for gamblers outside of New England to stay and move to other casinos in proximity, thus making all 9 or 10 casinos not completely dependent on local gaming.
That’s all for now.