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									SPECTACULAR INAUGURATION OF                                                                                                                                           The Gran Casino Costa Brava building covers 9000 m2, in addition to 10,000
                                                                                                                                                                      m2 in parking space.
                                                                                                                                                                      The gaming room, covering 2000 m2, holds 24 gaming tables (French




                                    gran casino
                                                                                                                                                                      roulette, 5-card stud, American roulette, Texas Hold’em, Black Jack,
                                                                                                                                                                      Omaha Poker and Punto y Banca) and 150 slots. Equipment has been
                                                                                                                                                                      sourced from WMS, Novomatic, Unidesa, Atronic, Abbiati Casino Equipment
                                                                                                                                                                      and TCSJohnHuxley. There is also a Croupiers School, with 164 students
                                                                                                                                                                      with an average age of 26 years. The School was equipped by prestigious




                                    COSTA BRAVA
                                                                                                                                                                      Spanish firm Hispania Casino Equipment.
                                                                                                                                                                      Casino Costa Brava also has an extensive culinary offer, prepared by
                                                                                                                                                                      international Michelin-starred chef Ramon Freixa and his team. Diners can
                                                                                                                        Text: Carlos García
                                                                                                                        Photos: EUROPEAN CASINOS-The Elite            pick and choose from exquisite recipes at the Red free buffet and snack
                                                                                                                                                                      bar, or the more upmarket Carta Seven restaurant, which offers panoramic
                                                                                                                                                                      views over the main gaming room.
                                                                                                                                                                      The top floor of Gran Casino Costa Brava is home to the Costa Brava
                                                                                                                                                                      Congress Centre, a vanguard location for events, congresses and
                                                                                                                                                                      conventions, with capacity for over 1000 persons.
                                                                                                                                                                      Setting up the Casino involved creating 250 direct jobs, along with a great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Juan Lao welcomes the authorities to the official inauguration of the Casino
                                                                                                                                                                      number of indirect jobs.




             Monument to the Sea-Faring Woman                                                       Lloret’s beaches are amongst the best in Europe


Lloret del Mar, located in the privileged environment of
the Costa Brava, just 70 km from Barcelona, is one of
the major tourist destinations of the South of Europe. Its
tourist attractions, services and facilities, commercial,                                                                                                    Play Grup owners Alberto Torrella and Jordi Torrella; Clemente Guitart, Chairman Guitart    Fermín Vázquez, project architect; Clemente Guitart, Jordi Torrella, Juan Lao,
gastronomic and leisure offers, along with its hotel and                                                                                                     Hoteles; Joan Carles Vilalta, Catalonian Government General Director for Tourism; Mercè     Chairman Gran Casino Costa Brava; Xavier Crespo, Alberto Torrella; and Nuria
                                                                                                                                                                  Claramunt, Catalonian Government General Director for Gaming; Josep Huget,                               Lao, Vice President Conei Corporación
tourist accommodation infrastructure, make Lloret de
                                                                                                                                                              Catalonian Government Councillor for Innovation, Universities and Business; Juan Lao,
Mar one of the most varied and exclusive tourist areas of                                                                                                     Chairman of Gran Casino Costa Brava; Xavier Crespo, Mayor of Lloret de Mar and Enric
the Mediterranean.                                                                                                                                                                   Vilert, president of the Gerona deputation
The quality of Lloret’s beaches and waters has been
acknowledged by the EU, which has given five of the 7
kilometres of beaches the Blue Flag.
Because of the open and receptive nature of its
inhabitants, Lloret de Mar is inextricably linked with
hospitality and friendliness, and its winter-time
population of some 35,000 inhabitants rockets in the
summer as millions of tourist visit the Costa Brava each
year, mainly from France – because of its proximity –
Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom,
giving Lloret de Mar a marked cosmopolitan flavour.

This explosion in growth also extends to the leisure and
entertainment offer, recently reinforced by the opening
of Gran Casino Costa Brava.                                                                         Façade of the Gran Casino Brava
The new facility opened its doors on 1 July last, although
the official inauguration was held, to massive expectation, on 22 July, when thousands of guests and onlookers congregated to catch every detail of the
social event of the year.
The Casino is owned by Spanish group Atzaria, in turn owned by Conei Corporación (75%), Hoteles Guitart, which operates the Monterrey hotel, on
                                                                                                                                                               Mercè Claramunt, Juan Lao, Chairman Gran Casino Costa Brava; Xavier Crespo; and                       The Casino was jam packed with special VIP guests
whose land the Casino was built (15%), and Play Grup (10%). The project involved an investment of some EUR 50 million.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Nuria Lao, Vice President Conei Corporación
                               The course’s infamous bunkers,

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                               at the door of the Hotel-Casino
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      Juan Lao, Chairman of Gran Casino Costa Brava, sees the Casino as a new concept in leisure,
                     culture and top-quality gaming serving Lloret and the Costa Brava as a whole




                              Attendees listen to Juan Lao                                             Josep Huguet, Catalonian Government Councillor for
                                                                                                    Innovation, Universities and Business, addresses the crowd



The official inauguration of Gran Casino Costa Brava commenced with
a series of speeches.
The first was given by Juan Lao, Chairman of Gran Casino Costa
Brava, who said, “This Casino is a new concept in leisure, culture and
top-quality gaming, serving Lloret and the Costa Brava, and is the
first Casino in Catalonia designed and built to play this role. The
building is integrated into its environment, respectful of nature and
was designed with an eye to excellence and modernity”.
Finally, Juan Lao underlined that in order to achieve excellence in
service, Gran Casino Costa Brava has wagered on technological
innovation, to attend to and even anticipate guests’ every need.
Josep Huget, Catalonian Government Councillor for Innovation,
Universities and Business underlined the quality of the complex,
equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and praised the Casino’s
complete leisure offer, while also maintaining, “This leisure complex
will guarantee that people visit all year round, creating stable,
sustainable jobs. Thanks to this initiative, the Costa Brava can
continue to compete and to look beyond traditional forms of tourism.
Thanks to private initiative and the help of the authorities, we now have a marvellous amenity and one which will change the future of sustainable
tourism along the Costa Brava.
Finally, he reminded those present that the possibility of building this space in Lloret de Mar first cropped up in 2005, when the regional government
considered granting a new gaming licence on the condition that the undertaking would be built following energy efficiency criteria.



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Next up was Xavier Crespo, Mayor of Lloret de Mar, who
underlined the economic impact that this new leisure
establishment would have for the city, resulting in important

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benefits to the population.
“The Gran Casino Costa Brava project is a part of the Lloret

                                                                                                                                           Performance by Design.
de Mar transformation plan. It is an integral project,
consisting of a top-of-the-line international Casino, a poker
room, quality restaurants, a large multi-purpose hall and a
temporary exhibition space, making it a centre of leisure,
culture and gaming with a huge repercussion on the local
population, in social, economic and cultural terms”, explained
Mr Crespo, who also mentioned that the owners had pledged to
donate 4% of their annual profits to Lloret de Mar town council
and that the two entities had undertaken to set up a joint
foundation to organise social and cultural activities at the
Casino, with the aim of contributing to the social and cultural
development of the town.
Finally, Mercè Claramunt, Catalonian Government General
Director for Gaming and Entertainment, evaluated the
inauguration of the new Casino very positively, underlining the
close collaboration between her department and the Casino
                                                                        Mayor of Lloret, Xavier Crespo, speaks to guests
owners throughout the long process culminating in the opening
of the new establishment.




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            Mercé Claramunt, Catalonian Government General                Authorities and Casino owners toast the success of the venture
            Director for Gaming and Entertainment, addresses
                               the public




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Nuria Lao, Vice President Conei Corporation; Francesc Poveda, Gigames    Víctor Tapies, Gran Casino Costa Brava and Josep Segura,
                   Director and his wife Emma Batista                                     Conei Board of Directors                         International Sales:
                                                                                                                                           Jens Halle, Phone: +43 2252 606 234, E-mail: sales@novomatic.com, www.austrian-gaming.com
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The next step was the traditional cutting of the
ribbon, followed by the rolling of the first roulette
ball.
This gave rise to one of the little anecdotes of the
evening as, for the first time in a European
Casino, the ball was rolled four times – once by
each representative of the visiting authorities and
once by Juan Lao.
Afterwards, the Chairman of Gran Casino Costa
Brava gave the authorities a guided tour of the
Casino, explaining all the characteristics of the
establishment, the games on offer, etc.
By the end of the tour, all agreed in praising the
elegance of the Casino, its spectacular façade and
meticulously-designed interiors.
They also applauded the varied leisure offer, with
something for everybody, whether they be locals                       Josep Huguet, Government of Catalonia Councillor for Innovation, Universities and
or some of the thousands of tourists that visit the location every      Business, cuts the ribbon, in the company of other government representatives
year.                                                                                                and the Casino owners
In the few days between the Casino was opened to the public and
the official opening, daily average visitor numbers far exceeded
expectations, auguring immense possibilities for the future of this
new gaming establishment.




                                                                      There were 4 rollings of the first roulette ball. Original and novel
Norma Duval, Maid of Honour at the inauguration,                      Gran Casino Costa Brava owners: Alberto Torrella, Play Grup; Juan Lao,
                 with Juan Lao                                    Corporacion Conei; Clemente Guitart, Guitart Hoteles and Jordi Torrella, Play Grup


  Famous Spanish singer Norma Duval was maid of honour at
  the inauguration.
  She admired the extravagance and beauty of the complex and
  enthused about its marvellous entertainment possibilities.

  The inauguration party, with thousands of special guests, was
  inspired by the four suits of the poker deck, and included
  several live music and dance acts.
  A variety of amazing live shows kept the party going until
  well into the early hours of the morning.




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 Abbiati executives: Angela Abbiati, CFO and Giovanni                          Novomatic Spain representatives, Aida Polaskova, Sales Manager
                   Abbiati, Chairman                                                   and Samantha Micol, Commercial Department




       Felix Sánchez, Metronia President and Luis Miguel Cabeza de       Unidesa executives, Alfred Antich, Area Manager and Rosa Mateo,
                   Vaca, Bingo Canoe General Manager                               International Commercial Director for Slots




                    Inés Pérez, WMS International Marketing          Alfonso Sánchez, Metronia Director of the Operators Area; Mari Angeles Barbero,
                           Communications Specialist                   delegate for Spain; Heliodoro Giner, General Secretary of the Spanish Casino
                                                                           Association and Cristina Garcia, Head of Metronia Legal Department
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Casino
 Javier Blasco, Gran Casino Mallorca General Manager; Heliodoro Giner,
  General Secretary of the Spanish Casino Association; Vicky Cristescu,
Casino Mediterráneo Chairwoman; Jesús Álamo, Acrismatic President and
          Pedro Galindo, Editor of EUROPEAN CASINOS-The Elite
                                                                                    Pedro Justo García, Zitro Commercial Departament




 Annemarie Reedijk, TCSJH Businesss Development Manager; Rufino            Atronic Delegates for Spanish market, Javier Sevillano and Miguel
Serrano, Chairman of Hispania Casino Equipment; and Alfred Antich,          Fernández;Vicky Cristescu and José González, EGASA Chairman
                      Unidesa Area Manager


Just before the official inauguration, a busy press conference was held,
with the owners of the Casino being accompanied by Fermín Vázquez,
the project architect.
Juan Lao, Chairman of the Casino, described the massive economic,
human and technical effort required to bring the ambitious project to
fruition.
He also emphasised the professional quality of the Casino team and
maintained that no efforts would be spared until the Casino had become
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the best in Europe.
Fermín Vázquez explained that Gran Casino Costa Brava was conceived
to have a minimum impact on the natural environment, and that its
large 6000 m2 landscaped garden would be a green lung in the heart of
                                                                                                                                                                                      Casino games:
Lloret. Inside the Casino, designed by the b720 School of Architecture,
under criteria of respect for the environment and integration with                                                                                                                    American roulette       stud Poker
nature, along with the latest tendencies in decoration and interior                                                                                                                   French roulette         Texas Hold’em Poker             A la Carte restaurant     The most exclusive club    Buffet & Bar
design, the layout is uncluttered, with a range of spaces given over to                                                                                                               Punto Banco             omaha Poker                    Traditional, progressive     on the Costa Brava
gaming and entertainment. State-of-the-art market technology in                                                                                                                       Black Jack              slots                              Catalan Cuisine
gaming and Casino safety has been applied to every detail.
In short, a gaming establishment to compare with the best in Europe,           The project owners and architect give a press conference

and an inauguration party that became the social event of the year for                                                                                                                opening hours slots machines: open daily from 11:00 am to 5:00 am                            Free Parking
this coastal town.                                                                                                                                                                    Casino: open daily from 6:00 pm to 5:00 am


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