News for the Hospitality Executive
Grapevine, Texas Approves Economic Incentives for Expansion
to the Gaylord Texan Resort
and Convention Center, Adding 200,000 Sq Ft of Meeting Space and 500 Rooms
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- September 5, 2007 - Gaylord Entertainment Company (NYSE: GET) today announced that the city of Grapevine, Texas approved economic incentives for a significant expansion to the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. The expansion will add more than 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, approximately 500 luxury guestrooms, a resort pool and other recreational amenities. Upon completion of the expansion, Gaylord Texan will offer convention customers and meeting planners approximately 2,000 hotel rooms and more than 600,000 square feet of convention and meeting space.
The economic incentive package approved by the City includes grants to be made to Gaylord over the next 20 years, stemming from the expansion’s significant anticipated hotel occupancy and property tax generation.
With the City’s approval of the economic incentive package, Gaylord is moving forward with the design and pre-construction planning of the expansion project. Construction of the $315 million expansion, which is still subject to approval by the U.S. Corp. of Engineers and the board of directors of Gaylord Entertainment, is expected to commence in 2008 and be completed in 2010.
“Today’s announcement underscores our very strong partnership with the
city of Grapevine,” said Colin V. Reed, chairman and chief executive officer
of Gaylord Entertainment. “We are grateful for the ongoing support from
local leadership and community members. The expansion will create jobs,
contribute to local taxes and other economic opportunities, and allow us
to better accommodate the high demand for this property. Most importantly,
it will move us further toward our mutual goal and vision of securing Grapevine’s
rightful position as a true tourist destination.”
About Gaylord Entertainment
Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn., owns and operates Gaylord Hotels (www.gaylordhotels.com), its network of upscale, meetings-focused resorts and the Grand Ole Opry (www.opry.com), the weekly showcase of country music's finest performers for 80 consecutive years. The company's entertainment brands and properties include the Radisson Hotel Opryland, Ryman Auditorium, General Jackson Showboat, Gaylord Springs, Wildhorse Saloon, and WSM-AM. For more information about the Company, visit www.GaylordEntertainment.com.
|Also See:||The Gaylord Texan and Other Hotels Making Grapevine, Texas a Top Texas Market / August 2007|