Issue 192
May 17 - 23, 2004
Volume 4
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Bally's, Hilton and Caesars Beach Bars to Heat up the Summer with Special Events

Thirty-Acre Water Park to Add New Excitement at Grand Casino Tunica

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Bally's, Hilton and Caesars Beach Bars to Heat up the Summer with Special Events

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.-- Caesars Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it will continue its commitment to enhancing the Boardwalk experience by offering spectacular beach bars at each of its Atlantic City casino resorts this summer.

Bally's new Bikini Beach Bar, The Hilton Beach Bar, and Caesars Sand Box Beach Bar will offer live entertainment, specialty drinks, promotions and special events throughout the summer on the beach in front of each property. The summer fun will be even hotter in 2004 thanks to a $24 million beach restoration project undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project will widen Atlantic City beaches to 200 feet and restore the dunes to a height of two-to-three feet above the Boardwalk.

Bally's Bikini Beach Bar, scheduled to debut in June, will feature a variety of live entertainment as well as cabanas, a large stage for the band, and a 200-seat bar. The Bikini Beach Bar will offer specialty drinks including margaritas, frozen daiquiris, rum punch, as well as a limited food and snack menu.

The Hilton Beach Bar, also scheduled to open in mid-June, will kick off the summer season with a beach party highlighted by a concert starring "America" on June 27. The beach party on June 27 begins with live entertainment at 12 noon, followed by the return of the "Jersey Idol" competition sponsored by WOGL 98.1 FM. The America concert begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by live entertainment until 10 p.m. The party continues through 1 a.m. with live entertainment in the Dizzy Dolphin beachfront bar.

Throughout the day, the Hilton will offer a variety of giveaways and events, including free Norwegian Cruiseline Vacations, 30 mountain bikes, face-painting and more. Three hundred dollars in cash will be given away every five minutes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the casino floor.

Guests of The Hilton Beach Bar will also relax with cabanas, wooden gazebos, beach chairs and umbrellas as well as other beach amenities, including beachside massages available for a fee. Guests wishing to take advantage of these services should see a beach attendant, available daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Caesars Atlantic City's Sand Box beach bar will open on Saturday, May 22. In addition to the Sand Box bar, Caesars will offer beach chair, bicycle, and umbrella rentals, as well as personal cabanas with hammocks. The Sand Box will offer summertime drinks, including homemade Pina Coladas, Strawberry Daiquiris, Margaritas, a variety of draft and bottled beer, as well as a limited food menu. Caesars Sand Box beach bar will offer seating for approximately 250 guests.

Thirty-Acre Water Park to Add New Excitement at Grand Casino Tunica

TUNICA RESORTS, Miss. -- Beginning next year, Tunica visitors will have a new reason to play and stay at Grand Casino Resort with the planned debut of a new, $65-million, 30-acre water theme park. Scheduled to open in June 2005, the family-oriented facility will feature indoor and outdoor pools, water slides, water rides, family activities and crowd-pleasing food and beverage facilities.

"Our new water park is another milestone in our effort to deliver a wide range of exciting attractions for all of our guests," said Jon Lucas, president of Caesars Entertainment's Tunica Group, which includes Grand Casino.

"Along with our world-class golf course and challenging sporting clay range, Grand Water Park will give visitors from throughout the South and Mid-West one more reason to visit Grand Casino Tunica," Lucas added. "We believe this new attraction will help us better position Grand Casino as a true regional resort destination."

Once open, the new theme park is expected to create more than 200 new jobs and draw more than half-a-million new visitors a year to Tunica County.

Grand Casino Tunica has signed a letter of intent to develop the park in partnership with Southeastern Recreation Developers, LLC, a real estate development corporation based in Hernando, Mississippi. The parties expect to sign a formal contract for the project in the near future. Grand Casino Tunica will contribute its equity share in the partnership in the form of land and other non-cash items.

"We are pleased to offer our development expertise to Grand Casino, and partner with them on such an exciting and important resort amenity," said Mickey Davis, a spokesperson for Southeastern Recreation Developers, LLC.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2004, pending all necessary governmental and regulatory approvals.

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