Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment says that it will begin a new age of tourism and economic development for Greece and Southeast Europe with its Inspire Athens integrated resort and casino.
The pledge comes after the developer and operator based in Connecticut has been the recipient of an operating licence for development by the Hellenic Gaming Commission.
In collaboration with Gek Terna, the winning bid from MGE proposes a facility that includes a luxury hotel, top entertainment facilities, conference centre, shopping , dining, casino, and an extensive mix of premium amenities.
MGE says it expects the venue to draw an influx of foreign visitors, which it says will “provide a significant contribution to the pioneering Hellinikon Project that will redefine the modern identity of Greece.”
The casino property is to form part of the larger EUR 8 billion Hellinikon Project of Lamda Development, which is being built on the site of the old Ellinikon International Airport, which, since being replaced by the new Athens entity, has sat empty for over 18 years.
A metropolitan park, restaurants , offices, leisure and conference facilities, luxury hotels, museums, malls, cultural venues, health centres, educational and research facilities and a marina are also designed to integrate the larger multi-faceted development.
Mario Kontomerkos, Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment’s president and CEO added: “We are honoured to have been chosen by the Hellenic Gaming Commission and believe that as the first Integrated Resort and Casino experience in Greece, Inspire Athens will further solidify the City of Athens as one of Europe’s most enticing and iconic destinations.
“We recognise the importance of this transformative effort for Greece and are looking forward to leading the charge for one of the most ambitious development projects ever undertaken in the country.”
The participation of MGE in the Hellinikon Project will support the local economy of Greece by creating more than 7,000 jobs during and after construction in the region, including direct , indirect and induced employment.
In addition, the project is also expected to contribute millions of euros annually, in the form of taxation, infrastructure development and public services, to both the government and the citizens of Greece. It is also projected that international tourism will rise by at least 10 percent in the Attica region.