Pechanga Resort & Casino Helps Fuel Southern California Economy With Multimillion Dollar Renovation

Jan 15, 2014, 06:00 ET from Pechanga Resort & Casino

TEMECULA, Calif., Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for 2014, Pechanga Resort & Casino, the largest resort/casino in California, has officially unveiled the multimillion dollar renovation of its 22,000 square foot hotel lobby, two restaurants and two new dining outlets. The resort's contractors and 350 construction workers completed the project just before the end of 2013. Economist Dr. Manfred Keil estimates the major renovation of the 25,000 square feet inside the Pechanga Resort & Casino results in an economic impact of approximately $20,000,000.  The economic impact is based on purchases and salaries and wages for more than 350 construction workers. The renovation is also expected to create another 90 permanent positions within the resort.

"We set out to transform the lobby and restaurants into focal points for guests to come into our grand entrance and say, 'wow,'" says Patrick Murphy, Pechanga Development Corporation President. "Judging by the thousands who have already come in and taken photos in the new space, we hope we have achieved that objective."

"When a company as committed as Pechanga to giving visitors an experience they come back for again and again does something as big as a multi-million dollar remodel, it has a nearly immediate effect on other visitor-based businesses – wineries, hotels, restaurants and shops," says Ken Westmyer, Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau chairman.

TVCVB statistics show travel spending in 2012 figured in at $625.3 million pumped directly into the regional economy, much of it fueled by visitors to the resort-casino. The stats also show 6,580 regional travel-spending supported jobs in 2012.

Pechanga put another 100 people into permanent positions as a result of its grand renovation. Jobs include cooks, baristas, servers, managers and maintenance technicians.

Pechanga Resort & Casino's massive undertaking started September 3, 2013.

Designers envisioned and Pechanga utilized the highest level of finishes and quality materials – rich mahogany, espresso-finished wood cabinetry and more. Guests can watch two 84-inch 4K Ultra high definition flat panel TV screens  upon check-in. Manufacturers of the equipment say no other resort currently utilizes this technology.

Resort officials employed ecologically friendly practices wherever possible through the renovation. Stamped concrete flooring was recycled and replaced with responsibly sourced marble. Lobby furnishings were repurposed. The ceiling in the new Sundry shop was fabricated from recycled aluminum.

About Pechanga Resort & Casino
Pechanga Resort & Casino offers the largest and most expansive resort/casino experience anywhere in California. Rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2003, Pechanga offers 3,400 slots, table games, entertainment, 517 hotel rooms, dining, spa and championship golf at Journey at Pechanga. Pechanga Resort & Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. Call toll free 1-888-PECHANGA or visit Follow Pechanga Resort & Casino on Facebook and on Twitter @PechangaCasino. Pechanga Resort & Casino is open 24-hours. Guests must be 21 and older to enter the casino.

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