TULALIP — Before Snohomish County’s version of the Bellagio opens its doors, the people who own it — hundreds of them — are invited to take a sneak peak.
Tulalip tribal members and their invited guests will enjoy the red carpet treatment at the Tulalip Hotel today beginning at 3:30 p.m., when tribal elders will be welcomed by hotel staff. The elders will partake in a special dinner at 4:30 p.m., and doors will open for the rest of the tribal members at 6 p.m.
A total of 1,000 tribal members are expected, and most are likely to bring guests, said Ken Kettler, Tulalip Casino Resort president.
Tribal members will attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony and receive serious swag: a $100 slot machine certificate, a coupon for a one-night stay in one of the hotel’s 370 rooms and framed tribal art similar to pieces displayed throughout the hotel.
The luxury digs will go fully operational on Aug. 15.
Non-Tulalips with a yen to sneak in tonight should forget it. Without a personal invitation from a tribal member, it’s not possible. Attendees will be asked to show their tribal identification card at the door.
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