The Large Property of the Year Award (more than 100 rooms) recognizes a property’s impact on the lodging industry, be it as a new property, by making a significant turnaround as an existing property, or by being a model of stability for others to follow.
2017 Large Property of the Year Award:
Grand Casino Mille Lacs Hotel, Onamia
Grand Casino Mille Lacs Hotel features 494 guest rooms located just steps from the fun at Grand Casino. Each room has a 42 inch flat-screen LCD TV with a refrigerator, microwave and plush Serta mattress. In fact, the mattresses receive such rave reviews that they’re for sale in the gift shop...and you can pay for it with your casino winnings!
To give back to its community, Grand Casino Mille Lacs Hotel and Casino is involved with a wide array of non-profit organizations and chamber organizations. Every year, the casino hosts its own Polar Plunge on Lake Mille Lacs and is also a sponsor for the Executive Plunge on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. These two events have helped raise around $1 million dollars for Special Olympics Minnesota! For the last 12 years, Grand Casino Mille Lacs Hotel and Casino has also teamed up with other local companies to give families in the Mille Lacs area free home makeovers.
In addition to its non-profit work, Grand Casino Mille Lacs Hotel and Casino has also brought tourism and buzz to the Mille Lacs area by hosting the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship in 2016 and 2017. The events have been a major success by attracting thousands of people to the area each September.
Grand Casino Mille Lac’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. This year, the company received national honors at the Casino & Technology Marketing Conference. It took home eight awards, including one for its community relations campaign around the Bassmaster tournament. Tracy Sam serves as the property’s general manager.
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