Caesars Entertainment, Inc. shared plans to transform its property into Caesars New Orleans as part of a $325 million renovation and construction project that will significantly enhance the property, set to be completed by 2024.
The plans, presented today before the New Orleans Building Corporation, detail a large-scale renovation of Harrah's, the only land-based casino in New Orleans. Embracing the iconic Caesars brand, the project will create a new flagship resort, Caesars New Orleans, featuring the elegance and indulgence that has become Caesars' hallmark only steps from the famed French Quarter.
Preliminary plans include:
- An all-new 340 room hotel tower above the existing casino valet porte cochère;
- New culinary and hospitality offerings within the casino;
- Additional development of the unoccupied area on the second floor of the casino; and
- Full exterior and interior architectural and design enhancements.
"We are excited to introduce Caesars New Orleans to the city," said Tom Reeg, CEO of Caesars Entertainment. "As the only land-based gaming operator in the city, we take great pride in our 20-year history in New Orleans, and this reinvestment is a testament to our continued commitment."
"We will continue to move this city forward and fuel our economic recovery, moving important projects that put people to work and entertain residents and visitors alike," said LaToya Cantrell, Mayor of New Orleans. "We are excited that this expansion will mean hundreds of construction jobs during the project and hundreds more in sustainable and new jobs post-construction. The addition of Caesars New Orleans will strengthen our city's position as the top cultural and entertainment destination city in the nation."
In June of 2019, Caesars Entertainment was awarded an extension to its operating contract, allowing operation until 2054. As part of the extension agreement, Caesars Entertainment will provide millions in tax revenue to New Orleans and Louisiana while creating 600 construction jobs during development and 500 sustainable and new jobs following the construction phase.
"As a native of New Orleans, I am so proud that we are working with local architects and designers to help enhance an already incredible destination," said Samir Mowad, general manager of Harrah's New Orleans. "What was shared today is only the beginning of a transformation that will bring new energy, excitement, and fun to New Orleans."