• Graton Resort and Casino Announces November Opening

     
    POSTED August 18, 2016
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of Graton Resort & Casino

Graton Resort & Casino known as California’s finest resort, gaming and entertainment destination in Sonoma County’s wine country, will open publicy on Nov. 15; it has just begun accepting hotel reservations. After the $175 million renovation, the 342,000-square-foot expansion will feature 200 full-service guest rooms and a resort and spa experience on top of the $800 million casino and entertainment facility that opened in November 2013.

Highlights of the expansion include:

* A six-story hotel with 200-guestrooms and suites ranging from more than 500 square feet to 2,600 square feet

* An opulent lobby and lounge

* A luxurious 10,000-square-foot spa and adjacent fitness center

* 20,000-square feet of newly added event and convention space

* An outdoor resort-style pool area

 

Mixology Mixer has launched several new team-building and stress-relief kits that offer fun virtual experiences. From coffee and chocolate tastings to hypnotherapy, Mixology Mixer’s activities are a great way to recalibrate and spend time together.

Founded by celebrity event planner Loni Paige, Miami-based Mixology Mixer was created during the pandemic to employ out-of-work bartenders while restaurants and bars closed around the country.

 

Hotels Moving Toward Recovery

The hotel industry will continue its path to recovery this year, but it won’t be without some speed bumps, and full recovery is still several years in the future. Those are the conclusions of the 2022 State of the Hotel Industry Report by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).

Here are some of the top findings of the report, which was conducted with analysis by Oxford Economics.

» Hotel room revenues are projected to approach 2019 levels this year, reaching $168 billion.

 

Sports tourism was a big win for West Michigan last year. West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) generated over $55 million for the region in direct visitor spending through 100 sporting events. That’s more than a 300 percent increase from 2020 and a slight increase over 2019 revenue. According to tracking by WMSC, these 100 sporting events attracted 184,350 athletes and visitors and filled nearly 43,000 hotel room nights.