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Annette Bennitz Appointed Director of Sales for Foxwoods
Resort Casino and the MGM Grand at Foxwoods

MASHANTUCKET, CT. (October 17, 2007) – Annette Bennitz has been appointed director of sales for Foxwoods Resort Casino and the soon-to-open MGM Grand at Foxwoods.  In this role, Bennitz will oversee the direct sales efforts of Foxwoods’ three existing hotel properties as well as the pre-opening sales for the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, scheduled to debut in spring 2008.  
 
“We are delighted to welcome Annette to the Foxwoods sales team,” said Joan Esneault, executive director of resort sales, Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods.  “Her extensive knowledge and experience in the hospitality arena is sure to benefit growing resort sales efforts.” 
 
With nearly 15 years of hospitality management experience, Bennitz brings a successful history of pro-active strategies and superior customer service approaches to her new role.  Most recently, she held the position of director of sales, marketing and business development for ME Productions, an event production and destination management company based in Florida where she managed multiple offices and oversaw the creation of revenue-maximizing marketing plans.  From 2001 to 2005, she worked as director of sales and catering for Casino Rama where she assisted in the grand opening of the world-class resort facility located in Lake Country, Ontario.   
 
Bennitz has also held various positions at several successful hotel and resort properties, including director of convention and corporate sales at Canadian Niagara Hotels and Entertainment, sales manager at the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia and sales executive at Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta.  
 
Bennitz received her Sales & Marketing Specialization Certification from the American Hotel & Motel Institute and is a member of several professional affiliations, including Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Society of Association Executives (ASAE). 
About MGM Grand at Foxwoods®

The highly anticipated MGM Grand at Foxwoods will feature 825 luxurious guest rooms, 115,000 square feet of meeting space, a 4,000-seat Performing Arts Theater, 21,000-square-foot spa, celebrity chef restaurants, high-end retail and a state-of-the-art casino when it debuts in May 2008.  Adding another distinctive gaming and entertainment destination, the new MGM Grand at Foxwoods will be Connecticut’s third largest resort casino, evocative of the Las Vegas landmark: grand in every sense; classically elegant and refreshingly one-of-a-kind.  The must-see MGM Grand at Foxwoods will enjoy the same amenities as Foxwoods Resort Casino, including access to Lake of Isles™, featuring two, 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Rees Jones and a state-of-the-art Golf Academy.  The property is easily accessible from Boston, New York, Hartford and Providence.  For more information, call 1-866-MGM-0050 or visit www.mgmatfoxwoods.com.

About Foxwoods
North America’s largest casino, Foxwoods Resort Casino® is located in the rolling hills of southeastern Connecticut and is easily accessible from Boston, New York, Hartford and Providence.  Owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Foxwoods features six casinos with more than 7,200 slots, 380 table games, the only WPT World Poker Room™ in New England, High Stakes Bingo and Ultimate Race Book. There are 1,416 guest rooms and suites in three hotels, more than 30 restaurants, a luxurious spa, more than 50,000 square feet of premium meeting and event space, 24 retail shops and five entertainment venues, including the 1,400-seat Fox Theatre.  Conveniently located adjacent to Foxwoods is Lake of Isles™, featuring two, 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Rees Jones and a state-of-the-art Golf Academy.  In Spring 2008, the highly anticipated MGM Grand at Foxwoods® will add 825 luxurious guest rooms, 115,000 square feet of meeting space,  a 4,000-seat Performing Arts Theater, 21,000-square-foot spa as well as more dining, retail and gaming facilities, bolstering Foxwoods'  preeminence as the East Coast's ultimate casino resort destination.  Foxwoods supports responsible gaming, and plays a leadership role in the Connecticut Council of Problem Gambling, of which it was a founding entity.   For more information, call 1-800-FOXWOODS or visit www.foxwoods.com.

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Contact:

Sandra Rios
Foxwoods Resort Casino
860-312-4072/860-312-3499
srios@foxwoods.com

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Also See: Regional Competition Heats Up as Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, Hartford and Providence All Marketing for Larger Convention Groups / November 2006
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