Grand Traverse Resort continues to pay employees after limiting operations due to coronavirus Zach Razminas, 9and10 News · March 26, 2020 at 11:59 pm The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is limiting operations due to the coronavirus, but all employees will continue to be paid. The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians own the Grand Traverse Resort, Leelenau Sands Casino and Lodge, as well as Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel. In total they employ close to 1200 people. The band decided to pay the employees in full during this stay at home order. They say it takes away some uncertainty for the people who work there.