KINGSTON, Jamaica CMC – Construction of the first licensed casino on the island is scheduled to begin in a few months.
Celebration Jamaica Development Limited, one of the companies which applied for the first set of casino licenses, is looking at starting construction as early as summer once government gives approval.
Founder of the company, Robert Trotta, said the project will be completed in three years once approval is granted.
“We have a full brand new convention centre, right here in the middle of Rose Hall, we are ten minutes from the airport, there is no better place in the Caribbean to put a casino development today than Montego Bay, Jamaica, trust me.”
He said the casino hotel, with two thousand rooms, will be constructed in Rose Hall in the western parish of St. James.
Meanwhile, Celebration Jamaica Hotel and Resort is seeking to secure an exclusive casino license for St. James for its Las Vegas-style entertainment complex.
The company hopes to get a temporary casino license during the construction phase to train prospective employees.
Trotta said the complex will consist of one thousand rooms, full service casinos, an entertainment complex, restaurants and bars.
Once completed four thousand full time workers will be employed and sixteen thousand jobs created.
“And it 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. So it’s a win, win for everyone,” he said.
In 2010, the casino bill was signed into law paving the way for the legalized casinos in the tourist capital of Montego Bay and the northern parish of Trelawny, in the hope of encouraging Las Vegas-styled casino hotel resorts.