Asian casino operator Summit Ascent Holdings Limited has reportedly announced that it has been granted official permission to revive operations at its Tigre De Cristal facility following an over 15-week shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a report from Inside Asian Gaming, the Hong Kong-listed firm used an official Wednesday filing to detail that the hotel and casino located in eastern Russia’s Primorye Integrated Entertainment Resort zone will now be able to immediately re-open its 77,500 sq ft casino as well as all of its food and beverage offerings.
Inside Asian Gaming reported that Summit Ascent Holdings Limited is the largest shareholder in Tigre De Cristal courtesy of an 24.74% stake but that it is currently in the process of increasing this considerable interest to nearly 70%. The source explained that the authorization from the Governor for Primorsky Krai, Oleg Kozhemyako, is to moreover enable the firm to resume work on bringing another 30 hotel rooms alongside a new Suncity Group-run VIP room to the integrated casino resort located some 30 miles north of Vladivostok.
Summit Ascent reportedly furthermore pronounced that its sole Russian venue is to now be re-opened under a strict set of new public safety and social distancing protocols that are to require all guests and employees to wear protective face masks and undergo temperature checks. The firm also purportedly asserted that it will focus on attracting local gamblers to Tigre De Cristal ‘as borders are still not yet fully open’ after being obliged to cap seating capacities within the property’s bars and restaurants.
Reportedly read the filing from Summit Ascent Holdings Limited…
“Since coronavirus started, we have rolled out stringent cost control measures such as offsetting unused annual leave entitlements, unpaid leaves, cutting travel expenses and renegotiating contracts with sub-contractors. The group has been a responsible corporate citizen and has been trying its best to support the Russian government’s call to maintain local employment. As of today, we have not laid off any employees during this coronavirus crisis.”