The Kalispel Tribe is celebrating a $20 million expansion to Northern Quest Resort and Casino with a “Questival” today. The additions mark phase one of $110 million worth in developments planned for the Airway Heights, Washington-based resort.
This week, Northern Quest Resort and Casino additionally announced the tribe is considering building a second hotel tower featuring 150-200 hotel rooms—prospectively to open in 2020. The new hotel would create an additional 200 jobs. Northern Quest currently employs 1,600 people on site.
“Our existing hotel has been extremely successful, high occupancy, we just know that we need more hotel rooms,” said Brandon Haugen, general manager of Kalispel Development Co., which is overseeing the resort’s massive expansion.
Haugen started working at Northern Quest as a valet in early 2008, when the casino was undergoing a $275 million expansion. A decade later, he’s leading the resort’s next stage of growth. “My goal, overall, is to make not only Northern Quest and Airway Heights a better place, but just this whole region,” Haugen, a Kalispel tribal member, told the Spokane Journal. “I want to create attractions that bring people from all over the world to come here and make Spokane a true destination.”
Today’s grand opening of the phase 1 expansion showcases new child-care facilities, a family-friendly entertainment center with nonviolent arcade games, three new food court venues, and a new sporting goods retail store. Anticipate bowling lanes and virtual reality sets in the near future.
The resort is revamping its image as a family friendly destination. “We want to be a destination for all ages,” Haugen told kxly.com. “We want to continue to honor the gaming crowd, the patron that’s come to love Northern Quest, but we also want to add something for families.”
Questival visitors also have the opportunity to preview the forthcoming Riverbank Taphouse and Northern Quest Luxury RV Resort.
Beyond resort developments, the expansion will introduce a new 10.4-acre multi-family apartment community to the West Plains. Project officials anticipate completing the 216-unit complex by summer 2019.
Questival will offer $25,000 worth of giveaways, including $1,000 cash every hour during the event, and celebrate 40,000 square feet of new entertainment and dining options, including Windfall, Kids Quest & Cyber Quest, M&D Movie and Dinner Restaurant, Ben & Jerry’s, Thomas Hammer and Qdoba.