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Travis Lunn named president and COO of Atlantic City’s Borgata

| By Laura Gumbrell
MGM Resorts International has announced the appointment of Travis Lunn as president and chief operating officer of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa replacing Melonie Johnson.

As a veteran casino executive, Lunn has more than 20 years of gaming and hospitality experience, having previously worked as president and COO of MGM Resorts South East Group, where he directed Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi and Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Mississippi.

MGM said the two Mississippi casinos Lund oversaw last year achieved all-time high gaming revenues in the third quarter of 2021 despite Covid health and safety protocols being in place. That quarter, MGM’s overall revenue came to $2.71bn

Johnson, the Borgata’s previous COO, returns to the operator’s MGM National Harbor. She served as the Maryland property’s president and COO before joining the Borgata in 2020.

“It’s an honour to be joining this incredibly talented team,” Lunn said. “Borgata is a world-class resort destination with a brand recognised nationwide for its spectacular accommodations, culinary programme and entertainment offerings. I can’t wait to jump in and connect with all of the employees, guests and local community members.”

The appointment follows this week’s news that MGM Resorts was to launch its revamped rewards programme for customers on 1 February. While the programme, previously named M Life Rewards, had only allowed players to earn loyalty points by gambling, the overhauled MGM Rewards will now allow customers to earn points when they play, stay or dine at its properties.

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