Jobs, tourists at Solaire casino complex
MANILA, Philippines - The first hotel-casino complex in the Entertainment City in Manila promises jobs, foreign tourists, and world-class entertainment.
Officials of Solaire, owned by Razon-led Bloomberry Resorts Corp., gave the media a sneak preview of the project on Wednesday, March 13.
Adrian Ort, Solaire’s vice president for operations, said the project has opened job opportunities for service-oriented Filipinos.
“Bulk of Solaire employees are Filipinos who worked in hotels and casinos abroad,” Ort said.
The casino will have 4,500 employees in its payroll by its grand opening. Returning Filipinos with experience working in hotels and casinos abroad comprise most of the staff.
Joe Valdes, Solaire's vice president for corporate development and planning, said that they plan to hire as much as 10,000 workers by the time the second phase of the hotel's expansion is finished. French added that the expansion is expected to take around 5 years.
Set to open to the public on March 16, the hotel-casino complex will help the government achieve its target of bringing 6 million foreign tourists into the Philippines by 2016.
Ort said foreigners coming mainly from Japan, Korea and China would account for 60% of hotel bookings.
However, for the whole complex, locals are expected to account for 80% of total visits. “The local population is a very important target audience for us,” said Ort.
“Our advertising has been mostly concentrated here in the Philippines,” he noted. – Christian Bautista/Rappler.com