As Danville’s temporary casino marks 1 year, full Caesars Virginia resort expected to draw ‘different type of visitor’

As Danville’s temporary casino marks 1 year, full Caesars Virginia resort expected to draw ‘different type of visitor’

Article brief provided by Danville Register & Bee
  • Charles Wilborn, Danville Register & Bee
May 15, 2024 8:47 PM
  • Charles Wilborn, Danville Register & Bee

Exactly one year ago Wednesday, Danville’s temporary casino opened, inching the city closer toward becoming a tourism destination.

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Housed in a giant tent-like structure — although once inside it’s hard to believe it’s a makeshift building — lines of eager patrons with money in hand awaited the doors to officially open at 10 a.m. May 15, 2023.

With the full resort expected to be in operation by the end of the year, the shift will move from a day-trip style visit to more of a vacation getaway.

“This is a different type of visitor that we truly haven’t seen as much of in this community,” Lisa Meriwether, tourism manager with Visit SoSi, told the Register & Bee in an interview Monday.