Spain heading for its own Sin City

November 25th, 2007 - 4:40 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov 25 (ANI): Spain will now light up to its own version of Las Vegas, as a vast casino and theme park complex, based on the concept of 007, is to be built in a Spanish desert.

One of the theme parks is to be called Spyland, where the world of James Bond will be the dominant motif.

The project is being done by International Leisure Development, who chose the location from three possible sites in Europe because of its relatively low land prices and proximity to Zaragoza airport, an important hub in the low-cost air network.

Didier Rancher, a French entrepreneur whose company is part of the consortium, said that the company plans to invite Daniel Craig and Eva Green, stars of Casino Royale, the latest Bond film, to bring a touch of glamour to the project.

We intend to approach the owners of the Bond movies to see if we can use James Bond in Spyland, the Telegraph quoted Rancher, as saying.

The move came after the regional government in Aragon approved the 12.2 billion pound project.

Eastern Spain will see the casino city, which will be on 5,000 acres over the next decade.

The city would include 32 hotels, five theme parks and, in a Las Vegas touch, may even feature wedding chapels to encourage honeymoon tourism.

The plans also include a stadium and a conference centre, and the place being Spain, a bullring is too envisaged.

An Australian gaming company involved in the project said that it is going to provide many job opportunities.

This is going to be a new version of Las Vegas in Europe, said a spokesman for Aristocrat Technologies,

Its going to bring lots of jobs. Disneyland Paris will be tiny in comparison, the spokesperson added.

Marcelino Iglesias, the socialist president of Aragon, estimated the casinos would create 30,000 new jobs.

The project is important for the whole community, he said.

The project will be formally unveiled in December, this year. (ANI)

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