The second anniversary of the casino Tigre de Cristal: the opinion of Melco representatives in Primorye
On Saturday, October 7, the hotel and entertainment complex «Tigre de Cristal» will celebrate the second anniversary of its opening.
The first casino in the «Primorye» integrated entertainment resort «Tigre de Cristal» was openedin November, 2015. As reported in the Tourism Department of Primorsky Krai, for two years of operation the casino has hosted more than 850 thousand guests, 38% of them are foreigners; employs more than 1,000 people (also more than 4,000 people are employed in related areas); the Russian state budget received almost 1.2 billion rubles of consolidated taxes, the Primorsky Territory budget - almost 200 million rubles of taxes from gambling; due to the construction of the first casino in the economy of Primorsky Territory investors paid about 200 million US dollars - today it is the largest project in the Far East with the participation of foreign investments. At the moment, the plans of the management of the first casino to implement the second phase of the project worth $ 500 million.
«Despite some difficulties at first, now we see that the process of developing the gambling zone is gaining momentum. The region is developing - a simplified visa regime has started operating, which serves as an attractive factor for tourists from Asiaand other countries. We also expect the implementation of the duty-free trade regime in 2018, the reconstruction of transport infrastructure and other measures necessary to make Primorye more attractive and accessible to tourists. Plans to realize the second phase of our investment project still remain in force. We are planning to complete the construction in 2019», said the new casino executive director Stylianos Tsifetakis.
Recall that from the outset, the project was led by Craig Ballantyne till September 2017, as he accepted the invitation of Melco Resorts & Entertainment CEO Laurence Ho to become the manager of a new casino in Cyprus.
At a personal meeting the curator of the integrated entertainment center project Vice Governor of the Primorsky Territory Yevgeny Polyansky on behalf of the local government authorities, thanked Craig Ballantyne for his significant contribution to the region's economy and presented a memorable gift.
Head of Tourism Department of Primorsky Krai Konstantin Shestakov and General Director of Primorsky Krai Development Corporation JSC Andrey Folomeev handed Mr. Ballantyne a plaque with wishes for success in his new place of work, and also with gratitude for such qualities as «perseverance, non-standard approach to solving problems, optimism and love to his work», which helped to launch the first hotel complex with the casino «Tigre de Cristal»successfully. At the end of the message for the first casino manager, the words were engraved: «Primorsky Territory will always be glad for your visit, because you have become an important part of its history».
During the press briefing with journalists, Craig Ballantyne noted that those investors who invest in projects in Cyprus are not the same investors who invest in the project in Russia.
«The plans for the implementation of our project in Primorye won’t be changed due to my departure. Primorye is a very promising region in the Russian Far East, and it already exists on the map of investors from around the world. The high interest of the President of Russia himself to this region and the Far East, the active business relations development that we have observed for the third year at the Eastern Economic Forum, the discussion of a large number of projects in which investors would like to invest money – all of this is very important for the future and existing investors. Vladivostok will become a Russian hub in Asia – it has all the prerequisites for it», Melco spokesman said.
The new director of the casino «Tigre de Cristal»Stylianos Tsifetakis also stressed that he looks at the development of the project positively and is confident in his further success.
«One journalist said that if you choose between Macau and Primorye, he would go to Macau. I am happy to report that not allof that the most anticipated millions of Chinese gamblers will agree with you. It's strange to me that many locals, including journalists, are despondent about the idea of success of many projects in Primorye, including in the gambling zone project. I am a Greek, Craig Ballantyne from Scotland, we have been working on this project for three years already, and we have no doubt that this project will be successful. Local people must believe in success no less, and then it will happen. We see great potential in the project of the integrated entertainment resort «Primorye». You must also see it», said the new director of the casino «Tigre de Cristal»Stylianos Tsifetakis.
On the day of celebrating the anniversary the casino is open for anyone interested (the black-tie dress code). The guests will be the famous Russian singer Nyusha, an entertainment show program awaits everyone. The beginning at 21:00, admission is free.
Recall that today the territory of the resort «Primorye» is a complex work on the creation of two entertainment complexes – «Naga Vladivostok» and «Selena», the Primorsky Territory Development Corporation creates engineering and transport infrastructure. Also there is a joint work under the project of construction of an entrance group by analogy with the cable bridge «Golden Bridge». Investments to the site will be allocated by a resident of the gambling zone.
«We can estimate the final results of the construction of these facilities in 2019, already then the resort will acquire its unique appearance and this will be a place not only for casino players, but also a place for family recreation of people. Primorye Resort will be able to become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia and Russia, and we are confident of the success of the project. Now the main thing is to clearly understand the concept of development and adhere to the strategy for its implementation», said Andrey Folomeev.
According to Yevgeny Polyansky, the project to create a gambling resort «Primorye» is of great importance for the social and economic development of the region, therefore, the regional authorities and the developer of the Primorsky Krai Development Corporation JSC will make every effort to implement it successfully.