FEATURE: Wind Creek Hospitality Purchases Caribbean Casino Resorts
Article Date: Oct 18, 2017
Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH), an authority of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians today announced that a subsidiary of WCH has acquired the Aruba Renaissance Resort & Casino and the Curacao Renaissance Resort & Casino. The upscale resorts will continue to operate under the Renaissance brand and all team members are expected to remain in place. Renaissance is a registered trademark of Marriott.
The resorts are situated in downtown Oranjestad, the capital city of Aruba, and adjacent to the port and downtown Willemstad, the capital city of Curacao. Tribal Chair Stephanie Bryan of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, owners of Wind Creek Hospitality, said "We are thrilled to add these incredible properties to our Wind Creek portfolio. We look forward to being part of the communities in Aruba and in Curacao. I know our guests will love being able to travel to two of the best Caribbean destinations as part of our Wind Creek Rewards program."
Located minutes from Queen Beatrix Airport, the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino resort sits in the middle of downtown Orangestad, Aruba's capital city, and overlooks the marina and cruise ship terminal. The property is well positioned to provide guests an opportunity to escape from their daily routines and experience something truly extraordinary. The resort offers two hotels with 431 rooms; numerous choices for dining; two shopping malls that include luxury retailers Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Cartier, Burberry, Rolex, and Bulgari; two casinos; and the private Okeanos Spa. The adjacent 40-acre private island offers exquisite beaches and is an ideal location for tropical weddings while business conferences and trade shows are at home in 22,000 square feet of event space.
The Renaissance Curacao Resort and Casino is set amidst the historic Dutch Caribbean city of Willemstad. It stretches from the Otrobanda waterfront all the way to the main cruise ship terminal. Built within and around the fascinating Rif Fort – a 19th century landmark designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site – Renaissance Curaçao offers a variety of boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants, including the open-air boulevard of Renaissance Mall. The hotel offers 237 rooms and suites designed in a contemporary Caribbean flavor. Exclusive to the guests of the Renaissance Curacao is the Infinity Beach Club. It features an exceptional beach experience, infinity pool, spa cabanas, sweeping views of the Caribbean and a beachside bar & grill.
Innovation Capital, LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to PCIGA for this transaction. Jones Walker LLP and HBN Law acted as legal counsel to PCIGA.
About Wind Creek Hospitality
PCI Gaming Authority d/b/a Wind Creek Hospitality is the principal gaming and hospitality entity for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Dedicated to providing a first-class customer experience, the casinos and hotels of Wind Creek Hospitality are renowned for the genuine attention paid to their guests and every effort made to assure that those guests feel a sense of importance and belonging. The company currently operates seven properties throughout the states of Alabama, Florida, and Nevada as well as the online engagement platform Wind Creek Casino. www.WindCreekHospitality.com
About Poarch Band of Creek Indians
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians are descendants of a segment of the original Creek Nation, which once covered almost all of Alabama and Georgia. Unlike many eastern Indian tribes, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians were not removed from their tribal lands and have lived together for almost 200 years in and around the reservation in Poarch, Alabama. The reservation is located eight miles northwest of Atmore, Alabama, in rural Escambia County, and 57 miles east of Mobile.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is the only federally recognized Indian Tribe in the state of Alabama, operating as a sovereign nation with its own system of government and bylaws. The Tribe operates a variety of economic enterprises, which employ hundreds of area residents. For more information, visit: pci-nsn.gov.