Up to 100 new jobs and a boon for the economy were promised yesterday if a casino at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club gets the go-ahead The backers of the project said that they had no plans to use a controversial cashless gaming system in the operation.
The application, by Hamilton Princess Hotel Casino Limited, said the casino would be based in the hotel, with the potential to host its first customers in November 2018.
The presentation at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute was made by Andrew Green, president of the casino company and a member of the family that own the landmark hotel.
Mr Green said: It will be a big driver of jobs and it will be a big driver of tax revenue, as well as additional spend from tourists which is important for Bermuda.
Mr Green was backed up by Andreas Terler, vice-president of operations for Century Casinos, and Jason Mackertich, architect at Botelho Wood Architects.
The group said the casino would be owned by the Green family and managed by Century Casinos, which owns and operates gambling operations in the United States and Canada, as well as in Britain and Poland.
They added that 80 to 100 people would be employed in the casino, dependent on the season.
Mr Terler said: We definitely want to hire preferentially Bermudians.
He added Bermudian suppliers in areas like payroll, IT, and security would also be used.
Mr Terler said: We feel its best practice not to do this in the casino but to rely on local resources.
The plans include a casino floor of 9,500 square feet with fourteen gaming tables, nearly 200 slot machines and one automated roulette table, to be housed in what is now the Harbourview ballroom.
Mr Mackertich said the ballroom had one of the best harbour views in the world.