Universal Music Group announces $1.2B resort in Mississippi

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A coastal Mississippi city will be among the first sites to launch a hotel and casino backed by a major global music corporation, according to officials.

The $1.2 billion Biloxi resort, a partnership between Universal Music Group and the Dakia U-Ventures investment group, is set to include a large performance venue, a 1,000-room luxury hotel and a casino, according to a Friday announcement from the groups, which are also launching similar ventures in Atlanta and Orlando, Florida.

The Biloxi City Council in June approved a tourism tax incentive to redevelop a 266-acre (108-hectare) property that was once the site of the Broadwater Beach Hotel, marina, and golf course, according to the city resolution. The historic resort was built in 1939 and closed in 2005 shortly before Hurricane Katrina destroyed the property, news outlets reported.

Universal called the venture a “music-based experiential hotel” property and said

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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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Universal Orlando Resort offering 3 days free with purchase of 2-day passes, additional deals for Floridians

Universal Orlando hopes to lure back visitors with a brand new promotion.

The resort, which became one of Florida’s first major theme parks to reopen when it welcomed back guests in early June, is now offering three free days with the purchase of “2-Park 2-Day” passes, or five days for the price of just two.

There are two versions of the deal currently available: One that grants guests admission to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure on the same days, for each of the five days (tickets cost $303.95 per adult, $293.99 per child), and one that allows admission to only one of those parks per day, for each of the five days ($243.99 per adult, $233.99 per child).

The deal is available through Jan. 6, 2021, and tickets must be used by Aug. 31, 2021. Between that time, guests who purchase the promo tickets will be

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