Last weekend, the “Las Vegas of the East” – as Batumi is now popularly known – gained another big attraction when Casinos Austria International (CAI) launched its new casino in the recently opened Hilton Hotel Batumi.
“Batumi is attracting increasing numbers of visitors from neighboring countries – many of whom enjoy a night at the casino,” says Casinos Austria Director General Karl Stoss.
“We are in the fortunate position of having been able to enter this market early with strong partners.” Casinos Austria International CEO Alexander Tucek adds: “We were approached about three years ago by a group of investors. Our analysis quickly confirmed the strong potential, and so we accepted the offer and grasped the opportunity.”
For Casinos Austria International, the new casino in Batumi is not only a project with strong potential, it is also an important signal. As Stoss explains: “We have had to work tirelessly in recent years to consolidate our business and address legacy issues. It is a good feeling to be taking the lead again and to be starting something new.”
Designed by the architect Hans-Peter Schaffner, Casino International Batumi will create 180 jobs and welcome around 90,000 guests per year. Around 2.5 million euros have been invested in the casino, with
the project realized in cooperation with a group of investors, who themselves also invested some 60 million euros in the construction of the Hilton Hotel. This group is currently also working on a further tourism project in Batumi: a huge entertainment park at the top of the 252-meter-high Anuria mountain on the outskirts of the city. Due to open next year, this project also has Austrian connections – the cable car that will take guests up to the park will be supplied by the Austrian firm Doppelmayr.
Numerous VIP guests accepted the invitation from Casinos Austria Director General Karl Stoss and Casinos Austria International CEO Alexander Tucek to attend the opening of the new Casino International, Batumi last weekend, including the Head of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Archil Khabadze, Business and Finance Minister, David Baladze, Member of the Austrian Parliament, Werner Amon, as Representative of the Austrian Federal Government, Austria’s
Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Axel Wech, Austria’s Honorary Consul in Tiflis, Eva Berger, as well as many representatives of business and politics.