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Casino plan unveiled

AMBITIOUS plans to build a leisure and casino complex at the NEC site would create over 1,000 jobs.

AMBITIOUS plans to build a leisure and casino complex at the NEC site would create over 1,000 jobs.

On Monday, full details of the £120m development - a partnership with casino operator Genting UK - were unveiled for the first time.

Next month, the venue will discover if they’ve won the licence for a large casino from Solihull Council.

If so the complex could open as early as 2013.

Paul Thandi, the NEC’s chief executive, claimed the project - christened Resorts World - was the best of its kind in the UK.

“To have this investment, to seize this opportunity, to create real jobs, that will put us back on the international map,” he said.

While a casino, with up to 150 slot machines, is the bedrock of the scheme, it accounts for only 10 per cent of the development.

A hotel, conference centre, multiplex cinema and shopping precinct would also be housed there, next to the LG Arena.

Peter Brooks, from Genting UK, played down fears about the size of the casino - which would offer prizes of up to £4,000: “We are currently working on a project in Queens, New York which will open with over 4,000 slots,” he said.

“Though it’s called a large casino, it really isn’t in international terms.”

 

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