Genting to Build £90 Million Casino in Birmingham

5 June 2008

After a year-long tender process, Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre Group has chosen Genting Stanley to build and operate a £90 million casino resort complex.

The development of the building is the first phase of a plan to compliment the National Exhibition Centre's already existing exhibition halls and arena with a broader range of business and leisure facilities. Designs for the facility include a hotel, a spa, and bars and restaurants in addition to the casino.

"I look forward to working with the Genting Stanley team to demonstrate to Solihull Council that our proposal represents the strongest, most deliverable, most exciting and most appropriate opportunity for the local area in order that we can realize our strategy of providing a world class work, rest and play environment at the NEC," said Paul Thandi, chief executive of NEC Group.

Genting Stanley is a subsidiary of Singapore-based Genting Berhard, which became the largest gaming operator in the UK in 2006 by purchasing Stanley Leisure's 40 casinos.

Birmingham's City Council leader Mike Whitby supports the NEC project. "The NEC site has tremendous strengths as a site for the leisure and entertainment complex," he said. "There is a natural fit with the core business of exhibition and events and the venue has a long track record of welcoming visitors."