Skagit named new Resort partner

Published on Thu, Mar 6, 2003 by Rebecca Schwarz Kopf

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Skagit named new Resort partner

By Rebecca Schwarz Kopf

The Trillium corporation announced Tuesday evening at Resort Semiahmoo that it has entered into a consulting agreement with Skagit Valley Casino Resort (The Skagit) to operate the resort.

Both companies are continuing discussions, and are expected to finalize a joint venture by the end of this month. Trillium and The Skagit will operate the Resort Semiahmoo, as well as the Semihamoo golf course and Loomis Trail golf course.

�On behalf of the the upper Skagit tribe, we are very pleased to be working and entering into a partnership here,� said Doreen Maloney, the Upper Skagit Tribal manager. �This property has so much potential. It must maintain its integrity. What�s good here has to stay here.�

She said there would be no gambling facilities at the Resort, however there are ideas in the works for a theater and new restaurant.

�If you�re successful here, then surrounding areas are successful,� she said. �If we fail, we�re right down the road. You guys want to drive tourism, and we want to drive it too.�

David Syre, chairman and CEO of Trillium Corporation, said in a written statement that Trillium looked to The Skagit and its management expertise. �Its management expertise encompasses more than 20 years� experience in the resort industry. And because the Skagit is local and understands the regional market and its challenges and opportunities, there will be immediate enhancements available to us, in terms of cross marketing programs, hotel and golf packages and group business activities.�

Don Guglielmino, general manager of The Skagit, said maintaining and preserving the character of Resort Semiahmoo is important, but its amenities can be built upon.

�We are pleased to be associated with Resort Semiahmoo and the Trillium Corporation,� he said. �There�s nothing like this setting. There�s nothing like this resort. It�s literally a gold mine. It�s your dream to get involved with a project like this.�

City manager Gary Tomsic welcomed the new partnership and said Blaine�s initial reaction was positive. �To say that Blaine is tied to the success of this property and other Trillium interests is probably the biggest understatements a person can make. In a matter of speaking, we�re a partner too.�

Resort Semiahmoo opened in 1987 as Washington state�s largest full-service destination resort. The Semihamoo golf course, designed by Arnold Palmer, opened a year earlier in 1986.

The Skagit Valley Casino Resort opened in December of 1995 and is located in Bow, 16 miles south of Bellingham. It is the only full service casino resort on the I-5 corridor in the state, and features 64,000 square feet of gaming, entertainment and dining facilities.

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