Resort backed by Universal Music Group coming to Biloxi

Massive new hotel and entertainment destinations backed by Universal Music Group are coming to Biloxi, Atlanta and Orlando.

Universal Music Group, in partnership with the Dakia U-Ventures investment group, announced new details Friday about their joint venture called UMusic hotels. Renderings of the planned UMusic Broadwater Hotel show a waterfront venue that appears to rival Biloxi’s biggest resort, the Beau Rivage Casino, Resort and Spa, in scale. The design features an indoor concert hall substantially larger than those at Beau Rivage, the Hard Rock Biloxi and other casino properties, with a large exterior screen facing a marina.

According to information released Friday, the venue “will seamlessly integrate a stunning performance venue and a luxury hotel with an immersive architecture style.” A publicist said plans call for the property to include casino gaming.

Dakia describes its U-Ventures branch as managing “a portfolio of incubated companies growing interrelatedly across the hospitality and

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14-story hotel, new restaurants, more gaming space coming to ilani Casino Resort

A major expansion at ilani Casino Resort will add a 14-story hotel, two new restaurants and more gaming space, according to the casino’s operators. In addition, ilani’s new 2,700-space, six-story parking garage is set to open next month.

On Oct. 15, workers will begin the expansion projects by first adding about 17,000 square feet to the casino’s floor space, said ilani President Kara Fox-LaRose. Workers will remove an existing wall in the casino near the food court to reveal the expansion, which is already under the same roof as the casino, but it’s currently a dirt floor with exposed beams. The project will cost $30 million, she said.

The expansion will add roughly 200 jobs, 200 slot machines and additional table games. It is scheduled to open next summer. Ilani originally planned to open the expansion at the end of this summer along with the parking garage, but the COVID-19

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Hotel Jobs Coming Back in a Handful of Large Metro Areas

(Bloomberg) — The hard-hit hospitality industry is starting to bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic — at least in a few U.S. cities.

August employment in the accommodations sector in five metro areas climbed back to at least 80% of where it stood a year earlier, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data analyzed by Bloomberg News. This compares with about 60% for the nation as a whole.

As consumers stopped traveling and eating out, hotel jobs took a beating. But five cities sprinkled around the country — Reno, Nevada; Omaha, Nebraska; Denver, Salt Lake City and Atlanta — are showing signs of recovery as some business and leisure travel resumes.



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At the other end of the spectrum, hotel employment remains down by at least 50% from a year ago in nine of 40 metro areas examined.

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Every new player coming into the top-flight this summer as Chelsea, Wolves, Liverpool and Tottenham complete major deals

The Premier League spending this summer may be slightly lower than recent years but a host of important deals are getting done.

Top-flight clubs are busy with their spending and transfer rumours are rumbling on across the league.

Chelsea have been the busiest club the league with several big transfers while Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool have splashed out.

A host of transfers are in the pipeline and we’ll bring you the latest spending each day right here…

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Gareth Bale has returned to Tottenham, where he is adored by fans

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