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    Casino Radisson Aruba closing down
    3 Dec, 2009, 07:30 (GMT -04:00)

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    ORANJESTAD — The casino of the Radisson hotel will be closing down per January 31st. The reason for this is that Radisson has not renewed the license contract with the casino’s manager The Millennium Resource Group. “It’s a bitter pill to swallow for the employees with the coming holidays” according to Chairman Rudy Geerman of the trade union Federacion di Trahadornan Arubano (FTA).
    The Millennium Resource Group had submitted an application for the dismissal of 91 employees to the Directorate Labor & Research (DAO), Dorothy Laclé van DAO confirms.
    The Amigoe had been informed by The Millennium Resource Group that they consider Radisson’s course of action as ‘outrageous’. “How is it possible that they had not informed us sooner that the contract would not be renewed? We will now only have two weeks in February to pack up.” The casino namely has to be cleared for the hotel on February 14th. The casino personnel is ‘apprehensive and depressed’ said a spokesperson of The Millennium Resource Group – who wished to remain nameless. “There are people who have been working with the casino since the beginning (in 2000, red.). The casino had become their second home and they are now forced to leave without being able to do anything about it.”
    The Millennium Resource Group presumes that the Radisson hotel wants another company to manage the casino. The Group had therefore instituted legal proceedings against the hotel to enforce a renewal of the contract. The verdict had been given on November 25th and unfavorable for the casino-manager. The hotel had brought up the argument that the casino had not yielded as agreed upon, according to The Millennium Resource Group. “How could we comply with the agreed upon revenues in view of the severe recession” the spokesperson said.
    The hotel management of the Radisson did not want to respond to the situation today. The Millennium Resource Group will be holding a meeting with all personnel tomorrow to inform them of their rights. According to Directorate of Labor, an application for dismissal usually takes up to six weeks to two months.
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    The Millennium Resource Group presumes that the Radisson hotel wants another company to manage the casino.

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    That is too bad. I think that the employees of the Casino were very nice. By the second day most of them new me by name (does that really give away how much time I spent in there )

    Well unfortunately business is business. If the Radisson wants to change managers then not much can be done. It does stink, but maybe the new manager will come in and hire back most of the old employees!
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    My two-cents worth: On my visits, the Radison Casino was a favorite place. Courteous employees; clean; and, fortunately, a few nice winnings.

    I agree, however, that "business is business" as "Sgrol135" says and, hopefully, if a new management does take over; they will continue the trend set by the previous group.

    Just a thought

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    Is the poker room closing as well?

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    I would assume so, since it is part of the Casino. I bet that it will not really "close", but will just get a new management.

    We will see!
    Decided to take down my timer!

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    from what I understand the poker room is leased to two brothers who have nothing to do with the hotel or casino, I think

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    had some good times at the radisson. but you have to admit that they haven't kept pace with the industry's changes - namely, paper based slots and new slot machines.

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    That's so true. it could use a few up dates. sometimes change is good.

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    Dismissal of employees at Radisson casino approved
    9 Dec, 2009, 07:15 (GMT -04:00)
    http://www.amigoe.com/artman/publish/artikel_66234.php

    "ORANJESTAD — The applications for the dismissal of 90 employees of the Radisson casino have been approved by the Directorate of Labor and Research (DAO). Minister Otmar Oduber (AVP) of Tourism, Transport and Labor had confirmed this yesterday during a press conference. The personnel members of the casino will therefore be without employment as of February 2010.

    The casino of employer The Millennium Resource Group (TMRG) had to dismiss their employees because its 10-year contract with the Radisson hotel – which expires in January 2010 – will not be renewed. According to Oduber, the casino had not met certain expectations of the renter. “On that basis, the Radisson hotel had decided not to continue with manager TMRG.” Based on a conversation with hotel manager Rob Smith, the Minister announces that the Radisson casino will not be closed for long. However, the Radisson has not decided yet whether they will manage the casino themselves or that a foreign management will be taken on. Just as Rob Smith had mentioned last week, Oduber also states that the dismissed casino co-workers are being encouraged to apply for a job with the new manager. Minister Oduber further explains that the hotel is in possession of the casino permit. “It is up to the hotel to determine to whom they will lend the permit.”

    It appeared last week that the current manager TMRG would be managing another casino. The company would check whether the casino personnel from the Radisson could be set to work there.

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