Casinos a boost for Bermuda

HAMILTON — Bermuda should take a gamble on casinos, an island-born top hotelier overseas.

Tim Terceira, general manager of the stunning Ritz Carlton hotel in Toronto, backed gaming as a money-spinner for the island’s ailing tourism industry.

He said: “If you create an entertainment resort that would spark interest in Bermuda, then Bermudians should open their eyes to that as a possibility.”

But he stressed that a casino should only be seen as one component of an entire package — featuring a top-class hotel with shows, good service, shopping and restaurants to match.

Terceira said: “If you just focus on a casino, people will find many reasons why it’s not a good idea, whereas, as part of an entertainment resort, they might find many reasons why it might be a good idea.”

Terceira, who has run the five diamond, triple A Ritz Carlton in Canada’s biggest city since it opened its doors to guests more than two years ago, was speaking just weeks before a bill to hold a referendum on allowing casinos in Bermuda goes to Parliament.

He said that most hotels with casinos devoted anywhere between one third of its floor space to as little as 10 per cent to gaming — with the rest of the resort a major component in attracting guests.

But he added that Bermuda would have to carry out careful research before committing to a casino plan — and decide what kind of image the island wanted to project.

Terceira said: “Bermuda would have control from a government perspective and certainly from a Bermudian perspective, who they selected and the style of the entertainment resort.” (Bermuda Sun)

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