he council released the results of the opening of the tender to the four groups interested. This first stage included the pre-qualification study of the economic solvency, the software presented for the administration to control the licensee, the architectonic proposal and the business plan for the casino management. These two items represent 60 points of a total of 100 that will be granted in this tender.
However, none of the proposals achieved the maximum expected because there were four important investment groups and top international chains.
The one that obtained the best mark was Codere (with Accor as hotel manager), followed by Tsakos, Hyatt and Pestana group. The Portuguese group, which was in fourth place, has less points because it did not plan an underground parking space for the remodeling of the historical building, with the aim to solve the traffic problem in the area, and that
The file will be available to the companies for five more days, in case they wish to make queries; they will have to be delivered in the following five business days. Once studied and answered, the council will define the opening date of the second envelope, which mentions the fix and variable fee.
In all cases, the commission that studied the offers made a series of statements and recommendations on the architectonic proposals and society structures presented. These may be corrected by the subscribers, although there may not be any important modifications on the proposals presented originally. For example, Pestana group will not be able to present a new proposal with an underground parking space, so its possibilities are reduced.
The papers have an evaluation on three aspects: architectural project: 40 points, fee: 40 point and business plan: 20 points - five points for the number of employments generated and salaries considered.
Codere - Accor proposes an underground parking space for 196 cars, in order to avoid any "visual contamination" of the environment. The same way, it locates the casino under the level of the entrance. This way, the hotel may have its original halls and use them for congresses, cultural activities and restaurant space.
It also proposes to transform Rostand Street in a pedestrian street, connecting the hotel with church Stella Maris and improving the surroundings.
Besides, Tsakos group, one of the main ten shipping companies worldwide, proposes the complete refurbishment of the building, transforming it into a five-star hotel with 112 rooms, including ten suites and two presidential suites. It also plans a convention center with place for 1,000 people, three restaurants, a spa, a fitness center, restaurants and pubs. Intercontinental is its hotel operator.
With regards to the casino, Tsakos aims to create a hall with 500 slots and 44 table games, "high limit” rooms and private halls for big international bettors. Its investment exceeds us$ 53 million and aims to generate 600 permanent jobs.