It has now been confirmed that a temporary casino in Limassol is set to open its doors to the public on June 28 after receiving its licence.
Speaking during the ground-breaking ceremony for the casino resort set to be built in Zakaki, Limassol, chairman and CEO of Melco Group Lawrence said that a temporary or ‘pop up’ casino would be ready for operation on 28th of June. 593 employees have already been hired for the temporary casino located on Roosevelt Avenue, three quarters of said employees are Cypriot.
The casino has a total floor area spanning 4,600 square metres, the gaming area takes up 1,300 square metres and includes 33 tables and 242 slot machines. The temporary casino also has a restaurant and two bars, featuring a separate VIP gaming area.
President of the integrated casino property Craig Ballantyne informed reporters the site has a capacity for about 1,200 people and is set to attract about 25,000 people per month.
The C2 Cyprus casino will be operational until 2021 when City of Dreams, which is under construction, is expected to open. “Even though C2 is a pop-up casino, this property will give new meaning to the term. We’ve invested close to €13 million in this facility to ensure that every one of our guests experiences the renowned standards and quality of service which Melco, one of the world’s largest integrated resort operators, is famous for” – Craig Ballantyne, property president of City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos.
This is the first casino that Melco Group has opened outside of Asia. Four satellite casinos will also open in Nicosia, Larnaca, the Famagusta region and Paphos during 2018. Work has already begun for the casino in Nicosia, it will be located in the former C House Lounge Cafè in Engomi. A certain area of the building is set to be demolished so as to adjust the space for the construction of the casino.
Following the investment in Limassol and the opening of pop up casinos that will be replaced by permanent casinos, these developments are set to increase Cyprus economic growth by drawing tourism and generating new jobs.