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June 25, 2021

It will be built in accordance with the Mercure brand

Philippines: Accor Group tapped to run hotel casino

(Philippines).- MJC Investments Corporation (MIC), a subsidiary of Manila Jockey Club, has chosen the Accor Group’s Mercure brand for its planned hotel-casino project to be put up in the former San Lazaro racetrack property.

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n a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, MIC said it has executed a memorandum of understanding with the Accor Group, through its affiliate AAPC Singapore.The MOU with Accor is for hotel consultancy and hotel management services in relation to a 250-room 4-star hotel to be constructed by MIC on a 1.4 hectare property within the PEZA-registered San Lazaro Tourism and Business Park in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

The Accor Group is the world’s leading hotel manager which operates and manages 4,100 hotels worldwide. The Accor Group’s hotel brands include Sofitel, Mercure, Novotel, Pullman, Ibis and Etap.

MIC said its hotel design, layout, facilities and standards will be built in accordance with the Mercure brand. It added that the final terms of the hotel management agreement will be negotiated within three months from the execution of the MOU.

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and MIC had earlier signed an agreement for PAGCOR to establish, manage and operate a casino at a hotel to be constructed by MIC.

This will be the second casino MJCI will be leasing to PAGCOR. The first one, PAGCOR Club San Lazaro (PGSL) is located at the Turf Club at the San Lazaro Leisure and Business Park in Carmona, Cavite opened in December 8, 2006. This is the first racino in the country and the first in the Asia Pacific Region. It is a joint venture between the PAGCOR and the Manila Jockey Club.

PGSL initially started with 110 of the most modern and latest slot machines, and four gaming tables. Today its number has already balooned to over 250 slot machines and six gaming tables, an impressive jump from its first year of operations.

It also expanded its slot machine repertoire as it added more progressive link type and interactive games, such as the Bally ‘Hot shot’ and the ‘F2 Grand Prix Derby’ slot machines.

PGSL likewise offers great amenities such as regular promotions & services as well as off track betting facilities. This eventually paved the way for PGSL to be considered as one of PAGCOR’s best performing casinos outside of Metro Manila.

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