NEC Casino

Various news reports nationally and internationally have reported on the news that gaming and leisure company Genting Stanley, part of the Malaysian Genting Group, has announced a £90 million masterplan to create a casino, hotel, spa, bars and restaurants at the NEC site.

This represents another big boost to the NEC which will benefit from the increased connections from the proposed runway extension at Birmingham International Airport and it's own refurbishment plans, including a refurbishment of the NEC Arena.
The NEC opened in 1976 and now contribues over £2 billion to the West Midlands economy welcoming over three million visitors each year.

The NEC is the UK's most successful exhibition venue with over 40% of UK exhibitions held on the site every year and it is also a successful player on the world stage being one of the few international exhibition venues capable of staging major global events such ITMA (The International Textile Machinery Exhibition) which is one of the largest trade exhibitions - and the largest single sector trade show - in the world.

It also signals strong support for Birmingham with Genting Stanley the largest casino operator in the UK with over 40 separate outlets having recently moved its UK headquarters to Birmingham.

Despite the casino's importance for the NEC the casino itself is expected to occupy less than 10 per cent of the floor area of the new development.

The scheme represents the first phase of a grand design for the NEC site designed to deliver a range of leisure and business facilities to complement the exhibition halls and arena.

Images reproduced courtessy of NEC and Birmingham Post.


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