Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians buys Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

ACME, Mich. -- The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians announced the purchase of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa from KSL Recreation, Inc. The purchase price was not disclosed.

A series of facility improvements will begin immediately, including new health club equipment, Tower suite renovations, golf course and grounds upgrades, information technology infrastructure improvements, and new laundry equipment.

Management is also planning changes to the Trillium Restaurant, as well as facelifts to several areas of the building complex. Capital expenditures through the balance of this fiscal year will exceed $1.5 million, and most of the 2003 work will be completed prior to the start of the summer season.

Already among the largest employers in northern Michigan, the purchase of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is expected to move the Grand Traverse Band into a leadership position among Indian gaming operations nationally, as well as among Michigan tourist destinations.

It is believed to be the first time an Indian tribe has purchased a full-service resort in lieu of building its own. Tribal officials said the facility will retain the name Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

"Our EDC Board and management worked diligently over the course of more than a year to bring this moment to reality," said Economic Development Corporation Chairman John Concannon. portfolio."

"On behalf of all the members of the Grand Traverse Band, I am thankful, proud and enthused about the future," said Tribal Chairman Bob Kewaygoshkum. "As one of the first tribes in the United States to open a casino back in 1984, we are again breaking new ground in Native American business with the acquisition of this world-class property."

In addition to the ownership of the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians has been in the casino gaming business since 1984 and also operates other economic development ventures. The Band's gaming operations include Leelanau Sands Casino in Peshawbestown and Turtle Creek Casino in Williamsburg. The Tribe also owns and operates one small hotel, several restaurants, a conference center and a convenience store.

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is located along the sandy shores of Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. The Midwest's largest full-service, year-round, resort and conference destination offers 660 luxurious accommodations, 85,000 square feet of versatile meeting space, 54 holes of championship golf The Bear, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and The Wolverine - a Gary Player signature golf course.

Additional features include a full-service spa, variety of seasonal recreation, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, children's center, shopping gallery, and diverse restaurants and lounges.

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