In Cyprus and casino operator Melco International Development Limited has reportedly announced that its three-strong chain of Cyprus Casinos (C2) venues has so far recorded in excess of 880,000 visits and could well top the landmark figure of one million by the end of next month.
According to a Wednesday report from the local Financial Mirror newspaper, the Hong Kong-listed firm opened the island nation’s first casino near the city of Limassol in late-June of last year with this ‘temporary’ C2-branded facility serving as a stop-gap for its under-construction and much larger City of Dreams Mediterranean venue.
The newspaper cited Craig Ballantyne, C2 Property President for Melco International Development Limited, as revealing that the C2 Limassol enterprise has so far registered some 710,000 visits while its more permanent C2 Nicosia and C2 Larnaca ‘satellite’ counterparts have managed to chalk up figures of 130,000 and 40,000 respectively since opening in December.
The Financial Mirror reported that the trailblazing Limassol venture with its 13,993 sq ft gaming floor is due to be shut once the 500-room City of Dreams Mediterranean venue begins welcoming guests in late-2021 although Melco International Development Limited’s family of C2-branded venues will have by then already been expanded following the premiere of ‘satellite’ casinos for the communities of Paphos and Ayia Napa.
Ballantyne reportedly told the newspaper…
“After one year of operation, we are already employing more than 800 people, the vast majority of them being Cypriot citizens.”
To further demonstrate its dedication to Cyprus, Melco International Development Limited reportedly recently inked an important corporate social responsibility deal with the nation’s Department of Antiquities in Archaeological Heritage Management. This alliance has purportedly been christened as ‘Heritage Signs’ and is to involve the pair collaborating on efforts to sustainably promote and preserve the small country’s culture.
Lawrence Ho Yau Lung, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited, reportedly told the Financial Mirror that this arrangement is to see his firm sponsor enhancements to some of Cyprus’ most significant heritage sites and supply information to any of its guests wishing to such spots.
Ho reportedly told the newspaper…
“I’m extremely happy with our first year of operations here in Cyprus. Running a business that operates across Asia, Australia and the United Kingdom means that we are intently focused on compliance and the government of Cyprus is setting and maintaining the highest standards in this regard. This means Cyprus will not only become a destination for premium luxury tourists but for international investors too.”