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The group of Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada is preparing to hire about 8,000 workers to staff the initial phase of its integrated casino project in Entertainment City along Manila Bay in Parañaque City, which is scheduled to open in late 2015.
Officials of Okada-led Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment Inc., which will operate the US$2-billion Manila Bay Resorts, said the recruitment drive is aimed at luring experienced hotel, entertainment and casino workers from the Philippines and overseas.
We are trying very hard to open by the end of next year,” Mr. Matt Hurst, executive vice president for casino operations and marketing, was quoted as saying.
He said the first phase of the project, which sits on roughly 44 hectares of reclaimed land, would involve a “full” casino, with 500 gaming tables and 3,000 slot machines; hotels; night clubs and restaurants.
An initial target of 7,500 square metres of retail space, which will be expanded in succeeding phases, has been set. In line with this, Mr. Hurst said the company is already talking to retailers like the SSI Group, which brings fashion labels like Gucci and Hermes to the Philippines.
The project is expected to open with an initial two hotels, with a total of 1,000 rooms, that Tiger Resort will manage on its own, said Mr. Adrian Ort, senior vice president and general manager of the hotel and food & beverage operations.