Durango Casino & Resort Nears Grand Opening, Already Staffing Heavy-Hitters

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The countdown has begun for the highly anticipated grand opening of the Durango Casino & Resort. Now less than two months away, the resort has announced the recruitment of over half of the 1,450 employees necessary to operate the gambling and relaxation complex, set to swing open its doors on November 20.

David Horn, the casino’s General Manager, expressed enthusiasm on Thursday over the hiring progress. According to Horn, the company was well on its way in filling the job vacancies, having already received an influx of a staggering 25,000 applications. Impressively, between 35-40% of the initial employees are transfers from other properties owned by Station Casinos, thus ensuring a seasoned staff at launch.

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Horn, along with Scott Kreeger, Durango’s President, shared details of their staffing progress at a recent Thursday meeting of the Nevada Gaming Commission convened within the premises of the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas. Despite the fierce competition city-wide for skilled labor, Horn appeared cheerful about the ongoing recruitment process.

The majority of the competition, he highlighted, was centered on potential employees for gaming and food and beverage departments. It was estimated that 60-70% of the recruits for Durango came from these areas. Horn also revealed an additional 400-500 positions inside Durango would be occupied by tenants operating within the resort.

In a vital step towards the grand opening, initial approval of gaming licenses was secured at the Thursday meeting, paving the way for Durango to welcome guests to its state-of-the-art gaming facilities.