Jan 17, 2011 6:06 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
KINDER, La. (AP) - The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana says a new $60 million hotel will add 401 rooms and 18 luxury suites to its casino resort.
General Manager Conrad Granito says many people drive three hours or more, and more rooms are needed. He says the hotel also will include a lobby bar, coffeehouse care and retail shop.
Groundbreaking is scheduled Jan. 26.
The announcement was made at the casino's 16th anniversary celebration Friday.
Granito says the casino's last addition was a 200-room hotel in 2002. It now has about 550 rooms. Granito says future projects will include remodeling current hotels.
The Allen Parish tourist commission's executive director, Adagria Haddock, says the growth will bring more people to the
area, helping the economy.