A first glance of the $300 million SkyCity Adelaide Casino Expansion has been revealed by SkyCity Entertainment in Auckland today at its yearly general meeting.
Following the October resignation announcement by acting general manager Aaron Morrison, and as the latest major upgrades were released for the designs for the Riverbank Precinct, SkyCity has announced its quest to find a new general manager for its Adelaide casino.
Renovations to the riverfront casino in the railway station building in Adelaide, South Australia include premium gaming space with an allowance for international VIP players. In addition high-end spa facilities, and an 80-room luxury hotel which will overlook the Torrens River are all part of the wider entertainment area and major casino renovation intended to boost the appeal of international tourism in the state. An emphasis on attracting an expanded share of high-value international visitors, especially from China and South-East Asia, was expressed by Managing Director and Chief Executive Nigel Morrison.
Morrison said, “This development will help transform Station Road into a true entertainment precinct and SkyCity’s investment will create much-needed jobs and economic growth for South Australia and complement the redeveloped Adelaide Oval and the new and expanded Adelaide Convention Centre.” He expects the design, which is established with the Development Assessment Commission, would be maneuvered over the next six months, according to a SkyCity media release today.
The final timeframe of works has yet to be finalized and is dependent on the site lease completion with the State Government and coordination with the government’s plans for wider-range development of the Riverbank Precinct. Morrison also said that success stemming from well-patronized restaurants along with strong growth in the casino’s international business, helped to increase revenue by 24.4 percent from the previous corresponding timeframe.
In lieu of continued “soft” results for local gaming in Adelaide, Morrison said strong economic results indicated the growth of Adelaide’s international appeal. Morrison also pointed out that the casino’s lack of parking continues to be an issue, but that should be addressed by the lease of 750 new car spaces resulting from the plaza rebuild from the Walker Corporation.
During the recruitment process to fill the general manager position Nigel Morrison will command the daily operations of the complex.