Jamaica’s First Casino Resort to open in 2017
Thanks to its beautiful tropical scenery and unique culture, Jamaica already draws plenty of tourists every year. But the Caribbean island nation is now giving people one more reason to come: casino gaming.
Celebration Jamaica Hotel and Resort is set to begin construction within a few months. And Robert Trotta, whose company is building the venue, said that the casino resort should be finished by 2017. The Jamaican government is expected to okay the project by the summertime, which is the last hurdle that needs to be cleared before construction begins.
According to Trotta, this casino resort will come with all the bells and whistles, including a convention center, entertainment complex, a 2,000-room hotel, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. There’s no word on how many slot machines or gaming tables will be available. But with a project of this magnitude, we can expect quite a bit of everything.
As mentioned in the introduction, Jamaican tourism is already a big industry. However, Trotta thinks that his resort could push tourism revenue much higher. “(Celebration Jamaica) 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.”
Currently, Trotta and his company are trying to secure a temporary casino license during the construction phase. This may sound weird, but the goal is to get a head start on training prospective casino game dealers and other employees. With a staff that’s expected to reach 4,000 people when the casino is fully operational, it’s understandable why Celebration Jamaica would need some extra time to train employees before opening.