Currently the biggest casino in Australia, Melbourne’s Crown casino, belongs to the well known James Parker. Very soon this title seems that it will change hands.
According to Reuters, the son of one of the founders of Hong Kong conglomerate Sun Hung Kai & Co. Ltd proposed in the Government to build a AUD$4.2 billion integrated resort and casino in Cairns, Australia, one that will tap into the attraction of being close to the Great Barrier Reef in an effort to drive up the country’s gambling and tourism industry. The name of the project is ‘The Aquis Resort‘. A spokesman for the Queensland state government told: “Basically it’s declared a coordinated project because of the size and complexity of it. It’s the first step in a comprehensive assessment of the approval process. The proponent has to prepare an environmental impact statement.” If this project meets all the requirements and gets approved(it is already in the first step of the government’s approval after being called a ‘coordinated project’), the casino is expected to become the biggest in the country, slightly bigger than Packer’s Crown casino with a total of 1,500 slot machines and 750 gambling tables. The resort will also feature a world class 25,000-seat sports stadium, a pair of 2,500 seat theaters, 3,500 square meters of high-end retail options, and one of the world’s largest aquariums, which it will be a complementary attraction to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Also for the local society, expectations call for the casino to create as many as 27,000 employment opportunities with an estimated completion date of 2018. We just have to wait for the Governments decision.