Caesars Entertainment has unveiled plans to commence a $325m transformation of its Harrah’s New Orleans property, which will be renamed Caesars New Orleans upon completion.

The renovation and transformation, which includes a new hotel tower, redesigned interior and exterior features, and enhanced culinary and hospitality offerings, is scheduled to be completed in 2024.

The plans, which have been presented to the New Orleans Building Corporation, aim to “create a new flagship resort” that embraces the globally renowned brand.

“We are excited to introduce Caesars New Orleans to the city,” noted Tom Reeg, CEO of Caesars Entertainment. “As the only land-based gaming operator in the city, we take great pride in our 20-year history in New Orleans, and this reinvestment is a testament to our continued commitment.”

Premier plans for the property, the only land-based casino in New Orleans, including a 340 room hotel tower above the existing casino valet porte cochère, new culinary and hospitality offerings within the casino, additional development of an area on the second floor, and full exterior and interior architectural and design enhancements.  

“We will continue to move this city forward and fuel our economic recovery, moving important projects that put people to work and entertain residents and visitors alike,” said LaToya Cantrell, mayor of New Orleans

“We are excited that this expansion will mean hundreds of construction jobs during the project and hundreds more in sustainable and new jobs post-construction. The addition of Caesars New Orleans will strengthen our city’s position as the top cultural and entertainment destination city in the nation.”

In June of 2019, Caesars Entertainment was awarded an extension to its operating contract, allowing operation until 2054. As part of this agreement, the company will provide millions in tax revenue to New Orleans and Louisiana while creating 600 construction jobs during development and 500 sustainable and new jobs following the construction phase.

“As a native of New Orleans, I am so proud that we are working with local architects and designers to help enhance an already incredible destination,” said Samir Mowad, general manager of Harrah’s New Orleans. “What was shared today is only the beginning of a transformation that will bring new energy, excitement, and fun to New Orleans.”