Issue 92
June 10 - 16, 2002
Volume 3
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Six Continents Hotels Opens Dual Brand Resort On Grand Bahama Island

Ameristar Casino Kansas City Opens Parking Garage

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Six Continents Hotels Opens
Dual Brand Resort On
Grand Bahama Island

ATLANTA, GA - Six Continents Hotels announced on June 4 the opening of a unique dual-branded resort complex in The Bahamas.

The Royal Oasis Golf Resort & Casino on Grand Bahama Island joins together the 400-room Crowne Plaza hotel and the 565-room Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort. The property is owned and managed by Driftwood Hospitality Management, under a license agreement with an affiliate of Six Continents Hotels, Inc. Grand Bahama Island is the closest international destination to the U.S., just 68 miles and a short 18-minute flight from South Florida.

Following a $42 million renovation, the complex offers upscale resort accommodations with Crowne Plaza and family-friendly resort lodging with Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort in order to attract a wider breadth of guests. The dual branded resort also features shared facilities that include two 18-hole USGA-rated championship golf courses, a 28,000 square foot casino, two heated free-form pools with party-sized hot tubs, nine tennis courts, a fitness center, European-style spa, Fat Katz Beach Club, children's activity center and the new center piece of the resort, a one-million gallon beach pool with two exciting waterslides.

Other shared facilities at the resort include a business center, live entertainment, international shops, hair salon, gift shops, tour desks and more than 40,000 square feet of meeting space. Dining is a focal point for guests of the resort with nine restaurants and bars to choose from: The Palm Grill, an upscale cafe; Paradiso, Restaurante Italiano, a premier dining experience; Calypso Cafe, a casual buffet restaurant; The Rib Room, an upscale steak house known for its aged beef, superb service and poolside view; The John B., Driftwoods and Splash poolside bar and grills; Odies, the island's first kids-only restaurant; the Oasis Cafe, the casino's spectacular buffet restaurant; and the exciting casino nightclub "Tonic."

Crowne Plaza- Grand Bahama offers two Club executive floors with private, keyed elevator access. Guestrooms feature data ports, voice mail, video on demand, in-room safes, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, hair dryer, cable TV and A/C with individually controlled thermostat. Holiday Inn SunSpree, Grand Bahama guestrooms feature in-room

The resort has been Grand Bamana Island's landmark resort with a wide spectrum of features and facilities that appeal to most travelers. The resort is returning to it's glory as the playground for the rich and famous as it was in the early days of travel to the islands.

movies, cable TV, refrigerator, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, coffee maker and hair dryer, voice mail and data ports.

Nearby attractions include the Dolphin Close Encounter and Swim With The Dolphins programs at UNEXSO, Parrot Jungles' Garden of the Groves (waterfalls, botanical gardens and scenic trails), Pinetree Stables, plus the International Bazaar and Port Lucaya Marketplace (both offering shopping, dining and entertainment).

As part of the Six Continents Hotels (formerly Bass Hotels & Resorts) global portfolio, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts offers upscale accommodations at a good value, at more than 165 hotels in 40 countries, with over 48,000 guestrooms in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations worldwide. For reservations at Crowne Plaza hotels, visit or call 800-2CROWNE.

Holiday Inn SunSpree Resorts can be found in more than 26 locations in the US, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. The Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort casual, fun atmosphere and modern facilities make it easy for families to relax and have fun together during their stay. At each resort, families will find activities coordinators who plan recreational activities and events for both adults and children.

Ameristar Casino Kansas City Opens Parking Garage

LAS VEGAS - Ameristar Casinos, Inc. announced on June 4 the opening of three of the five levels of the new 2,660-space parking structure at Ameristar Kansas City. The parking garage, which was originally scheduled to open in July, is connected to the existing casino and entertainment facility by an enclosed climate-controlled walkway. The remaining two levels of the parking garage are expected to open ahead of schedule later this month.

"We are excited to bring this amenity to our Kansas City guests and wanted to open three of the five levels now to enhance comfort and ease of access to the facility," says Ameristar's Chairman, President and CEO Craig H. Neilsen. "The garage is one more step towards our goal of providing our guests with the most convenient and dynamic gaming and entertainment experience in the Kansas City area."

The state-of-the-art parking garage includes a speed ramp designed to facilitate guest convenience by providing direct access to all five parking levels without the need to drive around each level. The garage was designed by Denver-based Walker Parking Consultants, one of the nation's premiere parking garage designers, and built by Taylor-Kelly, a major general contractor in Kansas City. In addition, approximately 60% of the construction work for the garage was performed by MBE/WBE construction companies.

In June 2000, Ameristar Kansas City committed to the Missouri Gaming Commission that it would invest approximately $20 million to construct a 2,200 space parking garage commencing no later than June 2003. With the completion of the garage in June 2002 at a cost of approximately $23 million, Ameristar will have satisfied this commitment more than a year in advance and constructed 460 more spaces than required.

Ameristar Casinos, Inc. owns and operates six properties in Nevada, Missouri, Iowa and Mississippi, two of which carry the prestigious American Automobile Association's Four Diamond designation.

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