ST. JAMES: Construction of the nation’s first licensed casino is scheduled to begin in a few months.
Celebration Jamaica Development Limited is looking at starting construction as early as summer once government gives approval.
Founder of the company, Robert Trotta, said the project will be completed in three years once approval is granted.
“We have a full brand new convention centre, right here in the middle of Rose Hall, we are 10 minutes from the airport, there is no better place in the Caribbean to put a casino development today than Montego Bay, Jamaica, trust me,” he said.
Trotta said the casino hotel, with 2,000 rooms, will be constructed in Rose Hall in the western parish of St. James.
Meanwhile, Celebration Jamaica Hotel and Resort is seeking to secure an exclusive casino license for St. James for its Las Vegas-style entertainment complex.
The company hopes to get a temporary casino license during the construction phase to train prospective employees.
Trotta said the complex will consist of 1,000 rooms, full service casinos, an entertainment complex, restaurants and bars.
Once completed, 4,000 full-time workers will be employed and 16,000 jobs created.
“It will play an extremely important role in developing the tourism base, increasing tourism to Jamaica and it will have a huge economic impact not only for the country of Jamaica, the employment in Montego Bay but also the investment capital to fund a project of this kind,” he said. “So it’s a win-win for everyone.”
In 2010 the casino bill was signed into law paving the way for legalized casinos in the tourist capital of Montego Bay and the northern parish of Trelawny, in the hope of encouraging Las Vegas-styled casino hotel resorts.