Cape Verde to have five designated casino gambling areas

2 May 2013

The Cape Verde government has added a further two gaming and gambling areas on the islands of Boa Vista and Maio to the three areas initially planned for the islands of Sal, Santiago and Sao Vicente, Cape Verdean weekly newspaper A Semana reported.

The newspaper said that the project in the gaming area of Santiago island is expected to be concluded in the next few months, and the Gaming Inspectorate-General has declines to name the company involved as “negotiations have entered a sensitive phase that requires confidentiality.”

The Santiago gaming area will be built in the Taiti Hotel complex, near the National Library, and will cover an area of 2,600 square metres.

Square Cabral, the company that owns the project, agreed to lease the land with Fortim Mindelo when the gaming and gambling concession was granted, and at the same time as the government created the three gaming areas on the islands of Sal, Santiago and Sao Vicente.

Last week, the minister for Tourism, Industry and Energy, Humberto Brito signed the first gaming concession contract with Casino Royal, which is due to start operating within the next two years in the tourist city of Santa Maria, on Sal island.

As well as the casino, budgeted to cost 5 million euros, Casino Royal plans to put together a tourism project with an estimated cost of 66 million euros. (macauhub)

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