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Laughlin Hotel-Casino Becomes Tropicana Express

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
FT. MITCHELL -- Tropicana Casinos and Resorts announced today that the company is changing the name of its property in Laughlin, Nevada, to Tropicana Express. The change, which aims to leverage theThe Tropicana Express in Laughlin, Nevada.
The Tropicana Express in Laughlin, Nevada.
  brand awareness of its legendary sister on the in Las Vegas strip, takes effect July 28 and will be ushered in with special promotions for visitors and a player event program. To mark the occasion, the Steel Drum Band, Caribbean Steel will play in Victory Plaza. A special concert with Bobby Vinton at 8:00 p.m. in the Pavilion Show Room will top off the celebration.

The name change from the current Ramada Express has been in the works since early this year when William J. Yung acquired Aztar Corporation, the previous owner of the Laughlin property. Since then, the new ownership has invested $11 million to enhance the guest experience with new rooms, restaurant, slots and entertainment, and refreshed marketing promotion.

"We want Tropicana to stand for a great time with great service at an affordable price," said Yung. "With the kind of service and product quality we have in Laughlin - best steakhouse, best Italian food, best accommodations - we have a tremendous base to build on. With the Tropicana name on the facilities and festivities, we hope to be able to accelerate the pace of our business growth."

The Laughlin casino and hotel are headed by veteran managers who are well known in the Laughlin community and the Nevada gaming industry. Casino GM Craig DeMarta has nearly 30 years of experience in gaming management and long time tri-state area resident and hotel GM John Maskovich has worked at many of the Laughlin casinos.

Tropicana Casinos and Resorts, Inc.
207 Grandview Drive
Fort Mitchell, KY 41017
Phone: (859) 578-1100
Fax: (859) 578-1154
Website: www.tropicanacasinos.com
Formerly Columbia Sussex, Tropicana Casinos and Resorts owns the Tropicana in Las Vegas, two properties in Lake Tahoe, Nevada and a number in Louisiana and Mississippi.
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