In the almost two years since it opened the Monticello Grand Casino and Entertainment World has contributed over US$23 million in gaming tax, which benefits local development works in Mostazal, south of the Chilean capital Santiago. George Garcelon, general manager of Monticello Grand Casino, commented, “We are celebrating two years in which we can proudly say we have contributed to the growth of Mostazal. Thanks to our gaming taxes the community now has an improved infrastructure, including a new fire engine for the Municipal firefighters, free Internet access in the Plaza de Armas and other ongoing projects.”
In the time it has been operating the complex has received over 1.5 million visitors and many have received substantial cash prizes and luxury items. Within this short space of time Monticello Grand Casino has become a productive contributor to the Sixth Region of Chile, in significant sectors such as employment and the generation of large amounts of gaming tax. The Monticello employs 1,779 workers and 60% live in the Sixth Region. Many of these professionals have been taught the specific skills that have given them opportunities that were not available before in the region.
Last February, after the earthquake that caused the temporary closure of the facility for four months, the owner of Monticello, San Francisco Investment S.A., maintained its promise to the Sixth Region and rolled out a voluntary programme whereby nearly 800 of its employees donated 39,648 hours working to help the community of Mostazal. 280 homes were built and other aid given to those worst affected by the earthquake. Sun International of South Africa and Novomatic of Austria are the investors in the casino complex, which was built after the Chilean Casino Law 2005 came into force. (E-10.20.10)
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