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HILTON GRANTED LOUISIANA STATE GAMING LICENSE FOR RIVERBOAT CASINO OPERATIONS

 NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Hilton Hotels Corp. announced today the Riverboat Gaming Division of the Louisiana State Police voted unanimously to grant a riverboat gaming license to Hilton and its partner, New Orleans Paddlewheels Inc., for operation of their "Queen of New Orleans" riverboat casino.
 This is the first license to be awarded by the State Police to a gaming operator for a facility on the Mississippi River in Louisiana and clears the way for the "Queen of New Orleans" to open on schedule Feb. 10, 1994. The license is required before any riverboat casino operations can begin and is the end result of intensive scrutiny and background checks by police investigators.
 Docked adjacent to the New Orleans Hilton hotel, with its staging area within the hotel itself, the "Queen of New Orleans" will eventually accommodate 2,400 passengers and contain 30,000 square feet of gaming area with 1,400 slot machines and 58 table games. When it makes its maiden voyage on Feb. 10, it will be Louisiana's first riverboat casino operating on the Mississippi River.
 "This action not only means that Hilton will be the first riverboat casino on the Mississippi, but also that we can bring the excitement and economic benefits of high-quality riverboat gaming to the people of New Orleans and Louisiana at the earliest possible time," said Raymond C. Avansino Jr., president and chief operating officer of Hilton Hotels Corp.
 "Between the gala grand opening of the `Queen of New Orleans' on Feb. 10 and the start of Mardi Gras just a few days later, the month of February 1994 is going to be something special and memorable for this great city," he added.
 Hilton Hotels Corp. is recognized internationally as the leading gaming and hospitality company. With its Hilton and Conrad brands, the company owns, operates, manages, or franchises hotel-casinos, resorts, riverboat casinos, vacations ownership and hotel properties throughout the United States and the world. The company currently has 13 gaming facilities in operations or under development in Nevada and around the world.
 New Orleans Paddlewheels Inc. is New Orleans' premier riverboat excursion company with years of experience on the Mississippi River.
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 /CONTACT: Marc A. Grossman, Hilton Hotels Corp., 310-205-4545/


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