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Chile – EGASA gets go ahead in Arica

By - 10 October 2014

Spanish gaming group EGASA has finally been given the green light to operate a major new casino in the city of Arica. The Chilean Gaming Control Board (SJC) has officially sanctioned the project after initial plans were approved by the Regional Council in April. A coastal area near the borders of Peru and Bolivia, the city of Arica has a population of just under 200,000 people and is located in the Arica Province of northern Chile’s Arica and Parinacota Region. The project could be fully completed in the second half of 2016.

New details surrounding the development have emerged with local press reports stating that the company could spend as much as €50m in a four building complex which will have 20 floors, with 320 apartments for sale and rent, a 13-storey office building along with a  five-star hotel with 129 rooms, a shopping centre,  restaurants, nightclub and a casino.

In total, the complex will stand at around 19,500 square meters, which will be added to residential buildings which are already under construction. The casino will be part of the firms Luckia Casino brand. The Casino Luckia will include 350 slot machines, 12 gaming tables as well as 60 bingo seats and will be part of a 5 star hotel.

Arica is permitted to house a casino because of an amendment in Chile’s gaming law which was passed in 2000. Chilean gaming law states that there may be 24 casinos in Chile including the so called seven municipal casinos which are run by the local municipalities where they are located.

A press release by the company states that the SJC’s granting of the licence came as “a definite boost” to the project the first phase of which started in December of 2011 and that the “privileged geographical location” made it an ideal business and tourism hub for the region The new complex will, it is believed, allow the group to increase it turnover which stood at around €179m in 2013 and will create around 1,200 jobs.

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