In an ambitious effort that will introduce its product at one of the world’s major East-West connecting airports and possibly introduce a layover component to inbound tour packages to the U.S., the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority—it’s part of the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut—has announced a partnership with the Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) to build a hotel-casino resort midst an 800-acre parcel of land on airport grounds. It will include the world’s first and only private jet terminal connected to an integrate resort.
The development is expected to include; two-tower luxury hotel complexes with 1,000 guest rooms; the first and only private jet terminal in the world connected to an integrated casino resort; more than 18,500 square meters of retail, food, art and music entertainment experiences; a Korean cosmetics and beauty hub; entertainment arena with capacity for up to 20,000 attendants; an indoor-outdoor amusement park and more than 12 outdoor attractions, as well as and an 18,500 square meter casino with 250 tables and 1,500 slot machines.
For many of airline passengers traveling to and through South Korea, layovers of six to eight hours or more are not uncommon. Not long after in opened in 2001, Incheon Airport launched a series of free tours (transit and transfers included) designed to introduce layover travelers to South Korean culture, attractions and shopping. Currently, the airport offers: a one-hour tour of Yonggungsa Temple; a 2-hour tour of Incheon Temple; a 3-hour Incheon Culture Tour; a 3 .5 hour Incheon City Tour; a 5-hour Seoul City Tour; a 5-hour Seoul Culture Tour; and a 5-hour Seoul Shopping Tour. There also self-guided tours that travelers can take on their own. The airport also has a golf course, spa, private sleeping rooms, ice skating rink, indoor gardens and a Museum of Korean Culture.
In addition to making the property at Seoul International Airport a profit making entity, the venture by the Mohegan Tribe will expand the reach of its brand internationally. It is now confined to Connecticut, Atlantic City and the Poconos in Pennsylvania, where it has gaming and hotel properties.