Tourism Complex Gets Approval For Two New Casinos in Barcelona

BCN World - BarcelonaFor the proposed BCN World in Barcelona which has now been renamed as Tourist and Recreation Complex, the Urban-Development Master Plan (PDU) has been approved by the Catalonia government in Spain.

The complex is spread across a whopping area over 750,000 square feet and includes 2 casinos that cover an area of 30,000 sqm. In the following 3 months, Hard Rock International and Melco who are international casino operators are likely to submit their proposals.

Genting which is an Asian casino operator along with Group Peralada in is also looking forward to submitting their proposal. A total of 2.5 million euro has been deposited by these 3 companies as bond for the purchase of land within the new complex.

The Minister of Territory and Sustainability, Josep Rull has said that the plan was finally finalised after 6 months of public consultation. During this period, there was a change in plan across several areas like environmental protection and infrastructure. According to him, the newly created plan will look after a number of different concerns which have been highlighted by local institutions and councilmen.

Universidad Rovilai Virgili de Tarragona (University of Tarragona) has carried out an economic study in which the expected tourist spending has been estimated to reach €860 to €1.145 billion per year. Around 12,000 new jobs will be created because of the new complex and overnight stays by the tourist can climb up to 2.1 million after 1 year of operation. It is likely that around 3-5 million tourists will visit the complex each year.

The complex development is most likely to start in the summer of this year. Oriol Junqueras who is the Catalan Vice President and Catalan Minister for Economy has said that the cost of the project is around €2.5 billion and it is likely to create a total of 10,000 jobs. Oriol Junqueras has made the following statement in the press:

This is a worthy project; it generates important investment, is more realistic that the previous ones and more integrated from an urban policy and social perspective.

The complex development plan has undergone a series of significant revision and as a result of which the proposed number of casinos and hotels have substantially reduced. Early it was planned to build 6 casinos in typical Las Vegas-style along with a number of other facilities like conference centres, business facilities, shopping malls, theatres and amusement parks.

The gaming space in the new complex has been reduced to a mere 4 percent of the entire space after protests from the local people. Under this new plan, 7 percent space will be devoted to commercial usage, 16 percent of leisure activities and the remaining 57 percent to the hotel. Currently, there are 4 casinos in the region of Catalonia and with two new ones in the new complex, the number will reach to 6.

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