GGRAsia – Launch of the Hann Casino Resort in Clark today
Launch of the Hann Casino Resort in Clark today
Hann Casino Resort, located in Clark, Philippines, opened smoothly today (Wednesday, December 15) in the afternoon, according to the developer, Hann Philippines Inc.
The new program involves an expansion and rebranding of the former Widus Hotel and Casino complex. An investment of PHP 12 billion ($ 238.3 million) was mentioned in April last year by Hann Philippines.
In addition to the Hann Casino, the complex – at Clark Freeport – also owns the Clark Marriott and Swissotel Clark hotel brands, and will eventually have a Mercure hotel.
The first phase of the complex was to be ready at the end of last year. But in October 2021, the promoter – formerly known as Widus Group – said he was delay launch until this year, due to the pandemic.
At the end of last month, Daesik Han, chairman and managing director of Hann Philippines, said he hoped the opening of the property “would attract tourists and investors to the area to help jumpstart the Philippine economy. and revive the tourism industry ”.
On November 19, it was announced that the Philippine task force responsible for the national response to Covid-19 had “Approved in principle” entry of tourists from countries deemed to be at low risk of spreading the infection, provided those affected are fully vaccinated.
But on November 30, the Philippine tourism ministry said it supported a decision by that country’s pandemic task force to ban foreign tourists from entering the Philippines for the time being, due to health concerns. and public safety amid the emergence of the Omicron. variant of the virus.
The Philippines originally planned to allow fully vaccinated foreigners to enter the country from December 1 to 15, the Philippine News Agency, an official outlet said.
According to information from the promoter of Hann Casino Resort, employees at the resort undergo regular swab tests for Covid-19 infection, and more than 90% are fully vaccinated against the disease.
The casino facilities would be served by air conditioners with high efficiency filters, with the aim of improving air quality for customers, it was added.
In a separate announcement, the developer said it had partnered with Forsspac, a Philippines-based company that had provided technology that provided fresh air through ground level and exhausted stale air through the ceiling.
“This means that the casino air is continually cleaned of pollutants, including tobacco smoke, volatile organic compounds and, critically, airborne pathogens, including the SARS-CoV virus. 2 which causes Covid-19, “said Philip Thoburn, general manager and technical director of Forsspac, quoted in a press release from Hann Philippines.