Here is the latest information on some other great destinations, both in the United States and abroad.
Florida The 250-room Seminole Hard Rock Tampa opened a new 17,500-square-foot Hard Rock Cafe, attached to the casino complex, last December. The dining venue features 350 seats; an outdoor patio area; and the signature Rock Shop, which sells Hard Rock merchandise. The property has six additional dining options but no dedicated meeting space.
On the Atlantic side of the state, the 500-room Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood completed a $1.5 million renovation of its Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Restaurant. The revamp included an expansion of the wine-tasting room, a kitchen upgrade, new floors, and new furniture and décor. The property also includes nearly three acres of casino floor, 18 restaurants and lounges, 40,000 square feet of meeting space, 12 nightclubs and a 5,500-seat concert arena.
Mississippi Gulf Coast In Biloxi, the 234-room Palace Casino currently is undergoing a $42 million expansion. Upon completion, the property will include 38,000 square feet of casino space with more than 1,000 slot machines and 26 new table games. In addition, the renovation will include a new 300-seat buffet and expanded meeting space.
The nearby IP Casino (pictured right) is in the midst of a renovation of its 1,088 guest rooms and suites; work is expected to finish up in 2012. The property is remaining open during the revamp and includes more than 73,000 square feet of meeting space and 70,000 square feet of casino space.
In February, Biloxi officials approved construction of the Margaritaville Casino. The venue is expected to be completed in 2012 and will offer 500 guest rooms; a 16,000-square-foot spa; and 60,000 square feet of casino, restaurant and event space.
Less than five minutes north of Biloxi, the $450 million, 18-acre Can Can Casino Resort and French Village in D'Iberville is expected to open in 2012. Plans call for a 60,000-square-foot casino with 1,800 slots, 46 table games and 16 poker tables. The property also will offer 90,000 square feet of retail space, including restaurants, nightclubs and shopping, as well as 550 hotel rooms.
Significant to groups, the Mississippi Coast Convention Center, which opened late last year, offers 400,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The attached Mississippi Coast Coliseum, (pictured right) which opened in 1977, can accommodate an additional 15,000 attendees with 24,780 square feet of space.
On the hotel scene, the nongaming, 195-room Four Points by Sheraton Biloxi Beach Boulevard opened last year with 1,000 square feet of meeting space and a 40-seat casual restaurant serving American cuisine.