Coast casinos finish out 2016 with strong revenue numbers - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Coast casinos finish out 2016 with strong revenue numbers

IP Casino GM Duncan McKenzie surveys the New Year's Eve party decorations. (Photo source: WLOX) IP Casino GM Duncan McKenzie surveys the New Year's Eve party decorations. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The year 2016 will be one to remember for the Mississippi Coast casino industry.

Thanks to local investments, THE casinos will likely reach $1.2 billion dollars in revenue for the first time since 2008.

“We’ve got the minor-league baseball team here now, we've got some other family attractions here that have opened up in the last year, and I think all of this helps to promote the Coast," said IP Casino General Manager Duncan McKenzie.

More promotion means more investment for casino properties. 

“We’re continuing to put money back into the property as I know other properties are as well, and we’re very bullish about this market in the upcoming year," added McKenzie. 

Jonathan Jones, general manager of Harrah’s Gulf Coast, agrees community investments means success among casino properties.

“Consumers in this market have a lot of choices. We’ve got 12 casinos across the Mississippi Gulf Coast," noted Jones. "There’s a lot for them to choose from and we all try to offer as much as we can.”

Harrah’s has made some big investments of its own with a new hotel renovation in May, and a new restaurant addition with the Blind Tiger restaurant that will open in early 2017.

Folks like Gary Stewart of Baton Rouge say it’s not just about the gaming.

“They’re always competing for people’s time by great entertainment, great options, great offers,” Stewart said. “So, it’s going to continue to draw people from all over down here as the industry expands.”

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