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Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Sante Fe

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July 31 2008

SANTE FE, NM - The Pueblo of Pojoaque and Hilton Hotels have moved up the opening date for the new Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino to August 12th.

Richard Ross, director of sales and marketing for Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder, said "Originally, the resort was scheduled to open in November of this year and through the grace of a great contractor and building crew -- we were actually able to accelerate the date of the opening into August, which is very unusual, but something we're very proud of," Ross said.

He continued, "The pueblo and Hilton have partnered in a multiyear sponsorship with the Santa Fe Indian Market, which is the largest tourist event that takes place in Santa Fe on the calendar year. The Indian Market takes place in the latter stages of August, so our opening ties very nicely to our ability to support travelers and vendors and artists that are coming to Santa Fe for the annual Indian Market this year.

"We will kind of open quietly for a month. And then our grand opening celebrations are scheduled for the week of Labor Day. The key date in that is the third of September, and that's when we'll actually have our ceremonial ribbon and festivities that support the ribbon-cutting event."

CASINO
1,200 slot machines
22 table games
Poker room with 10 tables
Food and beverage, dining and entertainment options

HOTEL
390 guest rooms
Spa - 16,000 square feet
Event center & conference center - 66,000 square feet

The resort will showcase nearly 200 pieces of Native American artwork from pueblos throughout New Mexico. Pojoaque Gov. George Rivera said the artwork and a native theme is very important for the resort. "We very much wanted the identity of the pueblo people in this resort because that's who we are. We didn't need to bring in any other theme or re-do somebody else's culture. We have a very rich, thriving culture here. -- We had people, both artists and cultural consultants, to draw from here."


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