UK – NEC wants Resorts World Birmingham to take on the worldBy Phil - 11 March 2015
Owners of the NEC want Resorts World Birmingham, which will open at the exhibition centre in July, to challenge casino resorts in Singapore, Las Vegas and Macau.
NEC Group Chief Executive Paul Thandi believes the £200m casino and leisure development will allow Birmingham and the West Midlands to attract high-rollers and an extra 2m visitors a year.
Speaking to the local press, he said: “My view is that Resorts World is going to transform the future of the West Midlands. There will be the single largest gaming floor in Europe; you will have the high rollers coming in but it is not all about gaming. It is a unique, mixed-use entertainment complex based here in the UK. The casino is the anchor tenant but you can add in all the other elements, the restaurants, bars. We have now got something that people don’t have in Europe, which is a competitor for the Far East and Las Vegas. We are trying to take on the likes of Shanghai, Singapore, Las Vegas and Macau. We are taking on the big boys. These are very exciting times. Genting, a US$30bn company, has chosen our site for its largest investment in Europe. We have currently got about three million people coming through the site. We think there will now be four and a half million to 5m people coming through the site.”