Industry Awaits News on Harrah's Biloxi Plans

Harrah's Casino Hotels is remaining mum on its plans for the former site of the Grand Casino Island View Hotel in Biloxi. The casino company demolished the hotel—one of the first to adorn Biloxi's Casino Row—over the weekend to make room for the new construction. Alberto Lopez, Harrah's corporate director of strategic communication, had only this to say: "We're going to come back bigger and better than before." However, city officials reported that the casino monolith has told them that the new construction will top $1 billion. Vincent Creely, Biloxi's manager of public affairs, confirmed the $1 billion figure to Travel Agent magazine Tuesday. Harrah's has denied ever announcing this figure, either privately or publicly, although news of a $1 billion commitment has been reported in the mainstream press.

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