Spanish operator Cirsa Gaming Corporation has announced that it has put forward two bids for the casino licence now available in Andorra.
The deadline to submit offers to manage the single Andorran casino ended October 31 and the bidding process is being organised by the Andorran Gaming Control Board (CRAJ).
Cirsa stated: “For 15 years, and especially since the publication of the list of conditions in July, the multinational (Cirsa), together with Georges Kapital as a partner, have been assessing the viability of the project from a technical and economic standpoint and has finally presented two proposals for different locations in the Principality. In both cases, the projects include an extensive gaming offer including restaurants and a wide number of additional entertainment facilities.”
The statement goes on to say that, “CIRSA foresees a significant increase in the number of tourists and overnight stays in the Principality, as well as an important economic impact on the Pyrenean country, including the creation of both new direct and indirect jobs. CIRSA’s investment also includes training plans for new employees as well as publicity campaigns aimed at promoting responsible gaming among its target audiences, as well as the opening of several channels of collaboration with the Universitat d’Andorra.”
The proposed casino CIRSA Andorra Escaldes Engordany will revolve around the construction of a unique building, with exclusive use for the casino, located in the land known as El Clot d’Emprivat in Escaldes-Engordany. The building will encompass an area of 2,500 square meters distributed over three floors, including gaming and non-gaming space and will include a first class restaurant, bars and event rooms, in addition to a terrace for live music and other social events. It will, if approved, also have underground parking measuring 4,805 square meters. The opening of this casino would be in 2020.
The second proposal is the casino Cirsa Andorra Caldea located in the spa resort in Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra. This project would be located in a two-floor space which is currently not in use in the Parque de La Mola de Escaldes-Engordany. The project stands out for its wide range of non-gaming attractions on offer including a first class restaurant, bars and event rooms as well as extensive parking facilities. The opening of this casino would be scheduled for 2018.
In November, more details emerged regarding how the new casino licence will be awarded for the single casino, which will be permitted in Andorra, located on the border between France and Spain. The maximum score that each offer can reach will stand at one hundred. According to the CRAJ, operators must first show the availability of land, building or premises for the casino and show that it must have at least 2,000 square meters for the public, not including terraces and outdoor spaces. Once this has been established the board, along with other government bodies, will award points based on a number of other key criteria.