Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has celebrated the beginning of a new era as the service provider for the Niagara Gaming Bundle in Canada, marking the latest international expansion for the brand.
Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment CEO, Mario Kontomerkos, Mohegan Tribal Council Interim-Chairman, James Gessner Jr., Niagara Casinos President, Richard Taylor and OLG President and CEO, Stephen Rigby, participated in a unique gifting moment symbolizing the commitment and appreciation by all parties to the leading developer of integrated entertainment resorts worldwide. Following the official legal closing, MGE will commence responsibility for the day-to-day gaming operations of Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara and future operation of the future Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre.
“As a company known for our all-encompassing integrated entertainment properties and extraordinary guest experiences, we are proud to be part of the transformation of the Niagara gaming and entertainment scene as operators of the iconic dual-anchored casino properties, including the future Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre,” said Mario Kontomerkos. “The addition of the Niagara Falls destination to MGE’s portfolio of properties offers our millions of valued guests another impressive one-of-a-kind experience MGE has become known for providing. We look forward to becoming an integral part of the Niagara community and promoting greater economic development and tourism in the region by showcasing our outstanding gaming, entertainment and resort offerings for locals and visitors alike.”
In addition to overseeing Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara, MGE will further expand the region’s entertainment options by operating the future 5,000-seat Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre. Located adjacent to Fallsview Casino Resort in the heart of the city, the large-scale venue is expected to not only drive visitors and A-list celebrity talent to Niagara’s lively entertainment and nightlife scene, but also increase job opportunities and encourage tourism.
As part of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment’s latest global venture, the brand is proud to announce Christian Block as Regional President, who reports to COO Michael Silberling and is responsible for MGE properties in Niagara Falls and Korea. Along with his support for these important international investments, Block will ensure the day-to-day compliance and regulatory controls are met while embedding the “Mohegan Way” into all operations at the Niagara Falls properties. Block brings over 30 years of global gaming and integrated resort experience, with leadership roles domestically as well as in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
“The transition of the Niagara Gaming Bundle to MGE is a key milestone in OLG’s modernization of land-based gaming, which is bringing new employment and investment to communities across Ontario,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “MGE’s extensive experience in delivering world-class gaming entertainment and the investments it will make in the bundle will help ensure the long-term competitiveness of the Niagara gaming market.”
OLG will continue to conduct and manage the gaming properties in the Niagara Gaming Bundle including providing oversight and approval with respect to certain operational changes, retaining ownership of key player information and maintaining the highest standards of Responsible Gambling. OLG also continues to administer Municipality Contribution Agreement payments to the City of Niagara Falls.
One of many Niagara dignitaries and business owners in attendance at the event, Niagara Mayor, Jim Diodati added, “How exciting to be partnering with Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment in Niagara Falls! Mohegan is as passionate about using their considerable expertise in gaming to elevate the experience in Niagara Falls as we are. What I love most is that their vision to enhance both the Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino nodes is aligned with our clear focus on the visitor experience, development landscape and growing jobs here both now and in the future.”
Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara mark the latest international expansion for Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment. In 2018 Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment announced plans for Project Inspire, an entertainment and gaming complex to be located at the Incheon International Airport in South Korea.
Caption: James Gessner Jr., Interim Chairman of Mohegan Tribe, Richard Taylor, President of Niagara Casinos, Mario Kontomerkos, CEO of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and Stephen Rigby, President & CEO of Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation