I just got the official press release from Harrah’s with confirmation that Caesars Palace in Las Vegas has put a hold on the construction of Octavious Tower. Here’s the release in it’s entirety.
LAS VEGAS — Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. said it is delaying plans to open 665 new rooms at a sixth tower it has just built at Caesars Palace until there is stronger demand for hotel rooms.
The 23-story Octavius Tower was scheduled to open this summer as part of a $1 billion expansion at the casino resort.
Harrah’s said that other parts of the expansion will open on schedule, including 110,000 square feet of meeting space, an expanded pool and garden area, and three 10,000-square-foot luxury villas. Strong advance bookings warranted finishing the new meeting space, Harrah’s said.
With the economy in the middle of a recession and room occupancy low, there really isn’t a reason to go forward with completion at this point. It’s better than firing people. The addition is just about complete so if there’s a need to increase capacity, they’ll be able to move quickly.
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