LD representatives gathered in a public event before journalists and neighbors of this council in Bajo Cinca, aimed to become the “European Las Vegas.” Gran Scala project was presented in December 2007 in a public act organized by the Government of Aragon. It was said that the development was to start as soon as Zaragoza Expo concluded, in September 2008, and that the complex would open its doors in 2010. In the end, the calendar has a 2-year delay.
During this time, politicians have had the most varied opinions on the matter. Some in favour and some against the project. This week, ILD developers insisted in the fact that the project will be performed, and added that there are enough investors interested in developing the different businesses that Gran Scala will have. However, Jaume Riera, one of ILD directors, said that it is necessary to have the “legal support to build,” and that depends on the Autonomous Community, he explained.
The Government of Aragon is concluding the bill for Large Leisure Centres, which is intended to be approved in a few days to be issued to the regional courts, with the aim to prepare the law in a couple of months. It will be the key, according to Gran Scala promoters, to have the legal security that confirms that this huge 2,300-hectare leisure complex may be developed.
As soon as they have this legal warranty, they will execute the purchase options and will sign all the contracts with businessmen that wish to do the business planned for Gran Scala -casinos, hotels, theme parks. Most are international operators, according to Riera.
ILD insists that the project will be friendly environment, that will be beneficial and and an economic reference for Aragón. The construction is planned to start next Autumn and the first phase is planned to conclude in 2012. At that moment, Gran Scala will open its doors with ten casino-hotels, three big theme parks, four medium-sized parks, 200 restaurants and bars, 250 stores and auxiliary services. In total, there will be 25,000 hotel rooms.
Among all the installations that will start in 2012, 26.000 people will be employed. It will occupy around 1,000 hectares. The other 1,300 will be built within the following 10 years. The business is planned to be completely operational in 2022, with 32 casino hotels, six big theme parks, 12 medium-sized theme parks, 400 restaurants and bars, several auxiliary service centres and a total of 65,000 employments generated, on top of other 135,000 indirect employments.