Cape Verde’s Minister of Tourism, Carlos Santos, is confident that Macau Legend will continue with its hotel and casino project, which at EU250 million ($294.8 million) is the largest on the island.
Speaking to Lusa, Santos said major investments in the tourism sector have not been jeopardized by the Covid-19 pandemic so far.
“I do not think so. Nor have we seen any signs in this direction [pandemic jeopardizing Macau Legend group investment]. Incidentally, I say that the overwhelming majority of investors who are making investments in Cape Verde, before the pandemic, immediately with the repatriation flights asked the Cape Verdean Government for authorization to send their technicians to Cape Verde to continue the projects,” said Carlos Santos.
The Macau Legend group announced last March that it plans to open the hotel-casino in the city of Praia, Cape Verde at the end of 2021, after having scheduled the completion of the work by the end of this year in 2019.
According to Lusa, Macau Legend confirmed it expects a gradual opening in late 2021, though says the construction plan for the complex is currently being analysed.
The project will cover 152,700 square meters and will be the first gaming facility on Cape Verde.
It includes a 250-room boutique integrated resort, a large swimming pool and several facilities for restaurants, bars and commercial establishments, as well as a marina.
Macau Legend also received a special license to exclusively explore online gambling across the country and the sports betting market for ten years.