Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment has announced Inspire Athens, a planned integrated resort and casino project to be developed for Greece’s Hellinikon Project if the company triumphs over Hard Rock International and secures the one on offer gaming license.
Incorporating a luxury hotel, entertainment venues, convention center, shopping, dining, casino and “a comprehensive mix of premium amenities,” MGE hopes its plan would initiate “a new era of tourism growth and economic prosperity for Greece and the entire region.”
The creation of Inspire Athens is expected to generate more than 7,000 jobs during and after construction for the city, including direct, indirect and induced employment.
Once complete, the company expects an increase of at least 10% in international tourism in the Attica region, as well as an annual contribution of millions of euros in taxation, infrastructure improvements and public services to both the government and the people of Greece.
The chairman and CEO of Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment, Mario Kontomerkas explained: “We understood that Inspire Athens was meant to symbolise more than an integrated resort.
“It is our hope that Inspire Athens would be the catalyst that sparks the entire development of the Hellinikon area into the coveted Athenian Riviera, forever redefining the modern identity of Greece.”
Adding: “We hope we’ll have the opportunity to turn our vision into a reality and further elevate Greece as a must-visit travel destination with this landmark hospitality destination.”
The casino estate is to form one part of the € 8bn Hellinikon Project of Lamda Development, which is being built on the site of the old Ellinikon International Airport which has been empty for 18 years after being replaced by the current Athens company.
It also includes a regional park, restaurants, offices, sports and conference facilities, luxury hotels, galleries, malls, cultural centres, health centers, academic and research facilities, and a marina.