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    Casino to open at Airport

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    November 11th 2009, Aruba.


    ORANJESTAD-Endy Croes, Director of Aruba Lotto Foundation is pleased to announce that soon a casino will be opening in the departure hall at the airport. The negotiations for a casino at the airport took 6 years, said Croes.

    The previous government passed a law in 2006, granting Aruba Lotto Foundation a license to operate a casino at the airport. After receiving the permit in 2006, extensive negotiations were done with the Director of Aruba Airport Authority, Peter Steinmetz. The obstacle was mainly finding
    a suitable location at the airport to operate the casino.

    For the casino to be profitable at the airport, it must be located at an area with heavy pedestrian traffic, according to a feasibility study. The airport has offered three very small spaces near the departure gates 1,2 and 3. Croes was not pleased with the spaces offered at the airport, and the project for a casino was put on hold.

    In 2008, the foundation was approached by a director who operates different retail stores at the airport. Through the intermediation of the director at that time, a new round of negotiations began
    with the Lotto Foundation, and Peter Steinmetz. The results are that Aruba Lotto Foundation will receive a space near gate 8, another space near gate 4, and a third space opposite Sbarro Pizza.

    In the above mentioned spaces, slot machines will be placed. The slot machines will be operated by 5 local employees, including 1 manager. Within 3 weeks Aruba Lotto Foundation will start hiring employees for the casino. At present construction of the casino at the airport is in full swing, and an opening date will be announced shortly.

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    I can just see it now........ people missing their plane because they were on a win streak.
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    Smile

    I would have no problem staying if I WIN.

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    ok how funny is that????
    from my lips to God's ears.

    seriously though, they will get the last dime from our already almost empty pockets.
    dh, thinks it is ridiculous.

    me on the other hand......................well, if there is a chance i can win a few bucks or sit in the crying room feeling depressed, i will go for trying to win a few bucks.

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    It will make arriving at the airport 3 hours before departure more exciting. I'll just have to make sure I save some $$ for the airport casino!

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    Andrea, now they will have 3 more crying rooms, leaving Aruba broke and no cab fare home!

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    yes and also in my case, no money left to pay the dog and cat sitter

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    Evidently I'm in the minority here. There's nothing worse than the airport in Vegas with all the slot machines making your ears bleed while waiting for a flight.

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    There is going to be 2 places for the casinos and they are under construction as we speak. The 1st one is going to be right before the US Customs area were they had the empty shops. The 2nd will be at the gates across from Gate 7 and 8 where the AA Club was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chadd View Post
    Evidently I'm in the minority here. There's nothing worse than the airport in Vegas with all the slot machines making your ears bleed while waiting for a flight.
    I LOVE my iPod and noise cancelling headphones.

    Besides no screeching babies I can now add whirling slot machines to the list.

    Chadd, you are not alone!

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