Arizona Tribe Transforms Casino into Post Resort - Monday 28th of November 2005

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation will open a 247-room Radisson Resort on Thursday in hopes of transforming its casino into a true destination.

"It is the latest example of Arizona tribes expanding on their lucrative casino properties with resorts, amusement parks and golf courses. Proposition 202 prevents tribes near metro Phoenix from building more casinos, so they are finding ways to grow what they already have.

"The Radisson, situated beside the casino just east of Fountain Hills, is expected to lure large groups that want a taste of the Wild West and something fun to do between meetings. The budget resort will charge $175 to $200 for rooms during the high season, January through April, and in the low $100s during the summer.

"The tribe wont say how much the hotel cost to build, but it was designed with the latest trends in mind.

"…Fort McDowells casino already is flanked by a golf course, RV park and Fort McDowell Adventures, an outdoor party venue where people can have cookouts and go river rafting or horseback riding

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