Marseille’s mayor, Jean-Claude Gaudin, has ruled out conference centre, La Villa Méditerranée, as the site of the city’s first casino on the grounds that the venue lacks the space for a proper gambling floor.
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ajor casino groups have set their sights on the city in the south of France, which unlike a number of neighbouring towns – including Aix-en-Provence, La Ciotat or Cassis – does not yet have a casino.
“Villa Méditerranée, however, seems too small to accommodate a facility that meets our ambitions,” said Gaudin. “I want to implement a casino worthy of the second city of France in Marseille.”
The mayor wanted to bring gaming to La Villa Méditerranée; inaugurated in 2013, its modern structure features a huge cantilever roof extending out over the water.
While the casino would have benefited from cross-over traffic from nearby museums and other conference and exhibition facilities, the venue did not offer enough space for a viable casino operation.
“I have asked the city services to search and determine, at their earliest convenience, in conjunction with Euroméditerranée, somewhere with a minimum space of 5,000m2 where a facility can be built that will help increase the attractiveness of our city and to develop its economy,” Gaudin added.