After holding a “soft launch” for the first phase of its Okada Manila integrated casino resort at the end of December, Tiger Resort Leisure And Entertainment Incorporated is reportedly set to fully open the $2.4 billion development from February 17.

According to a report from the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper, the revelation came from Andrea Domingo, Chief Executive Officer for the state-run Philippine Amusement And Gaming Corporation regulator, while she additionally explained that the 109-acre development had employed 22,000 construction workers and could eventually hire up to 8,000 full-time personnel to operate its casino, hotel, food and leisure facilities.

The newspaper reported that the 369,428 sq ft Okada Manila is to become the nation’s largest integrated casino resort and house more than 3,000 slots alongside in excess of 500 gaming tables while its five-star two-wing hotel will feature some 993 rooms. Visitors are moreover set to have access to numerous restaurants, shops and meeting spaces as well as an almost 33,000 sq ft spa facility and be able to enjoy nightly shows from a giant dancing fountain.

The brainchild of Japanese businessman Kazuo Okada, who is reportedly worth approximately $1.77 billion thanks to his exploits in the slot and pachinko sectors of his home nation in the 1980s, Okada Manila is located in Manila’s three-square-mile Entertainment City district, which is already home to the City Of Dreams and the Solaire Resort And Casino developments, and will reportedly be joined later this year by the giant Resorts World Bayshore project from Genting Hong Kong Limited and local conglomerate Alliance Global Group Incorporated.

Steve Wolstenholme, Chief Operating Officer for Tiger Resort Leisure And Entertainment Incorporated, reportedly told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the coming Philippine venue will have the potential to compete with other gaming giants across the region such as the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and Macau’s recently-opened The Parisian Macao.

He reportedly declared that Okada Manila is set to combine the respectful demeanor, passion for creativity and hunger for innovation of the Japanese nation with Filipinos’ hard work, hospitality and cheerful spirit in order to create a very unique offering.

“With these guiding principles and values, Okada Manila expects to bring people around the world together through fun and entertainment by providing unique experiences that no one else can deliver,” Wolstenholme told the newspaper.

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