Okada Manila grand opening moved to March
MANILA, Philippines – The grand opening of Okada Manila, the $2-billion integrated resort casino of Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada, has been moved to March 2017.
Okada's Universal Entertainment Corporation said in a statement posted on its website that while the construction is being sped up to complete various facilities within the resort casino, the grand opening of Okada Manila will happen by end-March instead of the end-February earlier announced.
"We hereby announce that we have now reached the stage wherein we are targeting to hold the grand opening at the end of March 2017," Universal Entertainment said.
Okada Manila opened its doors to the public last December 21 for a preview of the country's largest world-class integrated resort. (READ: SNEAK PEEK: Okada Manila, grand entertainment venue soon to open in Manila)
The integrated resort launched its casino operations on December 30, after it secured approval from the state-owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor).
Once fully operational, the 44-hectare Okada Manila is set to become the largest integrated entertainment resort in the country, with a total floor area of 34,321 square meters (sqm).
Okada will house over 500 table games and more than 3,000 electronic gaming machines.
It will also feature a Y-shaped hotel of two wings offering a total of 993 rooms, a dancing fountain, Asia's first nightclub and indoor beach club enclosed in a dome, a high-end retail area, a 3,000-sqm spa facility, and several food and beverage outlets.
After starting casino operations last December, Okada Manila said it has been well received by local gaming enthusiasts. During its first week of operations, it reached 10,000 Reward Circle members.
Okada Manila is the 3rd casino player within government-sponsored Pagcor Entertainment City. The other two are Bloomberry Resorts' Solaire Resort & Casino and Melco Crown Entertainment's City of Dreams Manila.
The 4th and final casino player is Andrew Tan-owned Travellers International's West Side City Resorts World, which is targeting to launch its casino operations in 2020. – Rappler.com