The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and LionGrove announced Wednesday that the Foxwoods El San Juan Casino, located at the Fairmont El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico, has officially opened to the public in a soft launch on November 17. A grand opening celebration has been planned for January 2022.
Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi, Mayor of Carolina José Carlos Aponte Dalmau, Tribal Council members, Foxwoods’ President and CEO Jason Guyot, local dignitaries and members of the community gathered for Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, where thousands of guests were welcomed to experience the newest slot machines, table games and the casino service that complements the resort’s accommodations and amenities.
“This past January, We made the historic announcement that this iconic casino would reopen its doors. After a lot of work, today I am pleased to be present to formalize the opening of Foxwoods El San Juan casino. With Foxwoods El San Juan Casino’s capital investment of $12.5 million, the casino will positively impact our economy and create over 150 direct jobs. I remain committed to the economic development of our Island, through efforts like Foxwoods El San Juan Casino to boost tourism growth and investment in Puerto Rico”, Governor Pierluisi said.
We are proud to be among those destinations leading the tourism industry’s recovery and we credit the success we are seeing to our Administration’s commitment to health and safety and how our built-up confidence has translated into increased demand. (2/4) pic.twitter.com/EQvduoBcQC
We are proud to be among those destinations leading the tourism industry’s recovery and we credit the success we are seeing to our Administration’s commitment to health and safety and how our built-up confidence has translated into increased demand. (2/4) pic.twitter.com/EQvduoBcQC— Gobernador Pierluisi (@GovPierluisi) November 17, 2021
Stuart I.C. Levene, Managing Director/GM of Foxwoods El San Juan Casino, added: “As planned, we are thrilled to finally reopen our doors after five years and deliver exciting new gaming and entertainment experiences to the wonderful people of Puerto Rico and visitors from afar. The property has been emblematic for Puerto Rico and thus our intent was to maintain the rich history of the venue, and we truly believe the casino’s new identity beautifully pays homage to the casino’s legendary history”.
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Chairman Rodney Butler also said: “Today is a landmark milestone for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation as we expand the Foxwoods Resort Casino brand for the first time ever to the Caribbean. We’re honored to bring real economic value and tourism to the region, including an estimated economic impact of $22 million”.
“We are proud to help drive the economic development of Puerto Rico with this new alliance through the reopening of our luxurious casino and with all that has been achieved with our iconic Fairmont El San Juan Hotel, recently named by the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler magazine as the number one hotel in Puerto Rico and number three in the Caribbean”, concluded Andro Nodarse-Leon, Founder & CEO of LionGrove, Co-owner of El San Juan Hotel.