|MGM Mirage’s Beau Rivage hotel-casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast has laid off 340 workers. This is the equivalent of 11 percent of its entire workforce. Boyd Gaming Corporation’s Treasure Chest casino in Kenner, Louisiana, has also laid off 80 of its 1,200 employees.|
Both properties have cited a slowdown in business since the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, last month. It is these slowdowns that have effectively led to the dismissal of numerous staff.
Rob Stillwell, a spokesman for Boyd Gaming Corporation, commented, “We were seeing a slowdown, not so much on the weekends, but on the weekdays.” He continued, “When the business cycle returns to normal, those will be the people we would want to call back.”
The direct effects of events of September 11 appear to be somewhat mixed. Many casinos claim that business has been mostly unaffected, whilst others are admitting that there have been noticeable differences. Casino Windsor, for example, has cut room rates as a result of an immediate and significant loss of business. On September 11 Casino Windsor, along with many other casinos, went from being an acknowledged market leader to one of four area casinos fighting for market share.