New Mexican Pueblo, Hilton Strike Deal - Monday 19th of December 2005

NEW MEXICO – As reported by the New Mexican: "The Pueblo of Pojoaque, in partnership with Hilton Hotel Corp., has struck a deal it hopes will result in the largest pueblo-owned hotel in the state, a new casino and convention center, an expanded golf course and a performing-arts complex, all set for an opening in 2008.

"Pueblo Gov. George Rivera said if all goes as planned, the new Buffalo Thunder Resort hotel will have 400 rooms, the Cities of Gold casino will double its number of games to 1,600 and a new, smaller casino with 800 games will be built in conjunction with the hotel. The golf course will also add nine more holes, and a performing-arts center and spa will offer high-end amenities for hotel visitors. Hilton is not affiliated with the casino projects.

"The cost of the Hilton hotel and casino, along with its estimated 35,000 square feet of convention space, is set at $200 million, and financing is nearly completed, Rivera said. The nine additional golf holes have already been added to the current course, but they have not yet been seeded…"

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