THE MACEDONIAN LAS VEGAS - GEVGELIJA
World known hotel brands, "Sheraton" and "California resorts" will build hotel complexes in the Macedonian Las Vegas, Gevgelija, close to the Bogorodica border crossing with Greece. Sheraton has bought the Turkish company "Princess" which will be the main investor of the project. "Princess" allready got the permission for building. The building process will be carried out by the Macedonian company, "Gama Ingineering". The Sheraton hotel complex will consist of 200 rooms, a casino and other facilities.
Whereas California Resorts is planning to build a hotel and shopping centre at the shore of the Vardar river in front of the city Gevgelija. For this plan, 45 hectares of land has been bought from private owners in the region. The complex will have about 400 rooms, a casino, shopping centre, a spa and several other facilities.
"In the Gevgelija municipality we pay much attention to the development of mountain, spa, transit and casino tourism. Because of the big number of Greek visitors, about 5.000 weekly, we are mainly focused on the casino tourism. The investors of these world brands have allready started with the urbanisation of the land just outside of the city of Gevgelija." Says Dragi Delev, Gevgelija's mayor.
Also in the vicinity of the geothermal sources at the village of Smokvica, a Slovenian company, "Therm olinija" is about to start to build a recreational tourism complex. About 100 million euros will be invested in these projects and we will expect about 1000 new jobs to be available.
At the southern Macedonian entrance, about 4 million travellers enter the country on a year base.
MD: Looks good! There is allready a big hotel-casino at the border with Greece, named "Flamingo". Let's hope it will be realised and not just talking and gorgeous plans which end in nothing, like we are used to in Macedonia.