Tick tock…tick tock…it’s getting closer and closer to the official opening of Sun International’s R4-billion Time Square casino and hotel development, which is under construction as we type, in Menlyn Maine, Pretoria.
With an opening date for the casino set for 1st April 2017 – the team are working around the clock to make sure that everything stays fully on track. Gaming equipment has already been installed, with the first machines placed on the floor on 20th January 2017.
Once the casino has opened, the next big event will be the 8,000-seater arena opening scheduled for September 2017 and then the hotel complex due to open in early March 2018.
Time Square will be the second largest casino in South Africa (after GrandWest in Cape Town which was built in 2000) and boasts 2,000 slot machines and 60 tables.
The hotel complex will offer a new concept in hospitality in that it will offer a range of hotel star accommodation in a single building – so no matter your budget or style, there will be something to suit all tastes, and pockets too!
There will be 3-star accommodation offering 96 rooms, 4-star accommodation with 94 rooms and 5-star accommodation with 48 rooms and suites.
Sun International’s Michael Farr, Group General Manager of Brand and Communications says: “The complex is now taking shape, with its distinguishing roof now part of the Menlyn skyline.
“About 10,000 direct and indirect jobs will have been created during the construction and the initial fit-out and start-up phase. The development will also generate considerable revenue for both provincial and national government by way of taxes and gaming levies. It is anticipated that around R1.7-billion in gaming taxes and VAT will be generated in the first five years of operation at Menlyn Maine and the total estimated revenue to Government from the project over a five year period is estimated at around R2.7-billion.”
The hotel will have full exterior facade lighting, so for example Valentine’s day or public holidays will see the front of the building lit up in specific colours to celebrate, as well as interior mood lighting that will change throughout the day – from relaxed yellow tones and shades to reflect a sunny morning
Find out more about this development here
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