page 1
page 2
page 3
page 4
page 5
page 6
page 7
page 8
page 9
page 10
page 11
page 12
page 13
page 14
page 15
page 16
page 17
page 18
page 19
page 20
page 21
page 22
page 23
page 24
page 25
page 26
page 27
page 28
page 29
page 30
page 31
page 32
page 33
page 34
page 35
page 36
page 37
page 38
page 39
page 40
page 41
page 42
page 43
page 44
page 45
page 46
page 47
page 48
page 49
page 50
page 51
page 52
page 53
page 54
page 55
page 56
page 57
page 58
page 59
page 60
page 61
page 62
page 63
page 64
page 65
page 66
page 67
page 68
page 69
page 70
page 71
page 72
page 73
page 74
page 75
page 76
page 77
page 78
page 79
page 80
page 81
page 82
page 83
page 84
page 85
page 86
page 87
page 88
page 89
page 90
page 91
page 92
page 93
page 94
page 95
page 96
page 97
page 98
page 99
page 100
page 101
page 102

Montecasino June 09 www. bus- ex. com 95 also an outdoor component which takes full advantage of the South African climate. Here the site has hosted ATP tennis matches and world- class entertainers such as Celine Dion, able to play to 9,000 people under the stars. The R100 million 1,900 seat lyric theatre, Teatro at Montecasino, opened in 2007 with the international stage show The Lion King, and has also hosted other Broadway shows such as Cats and Cinderella on Ice. The Teatro is one of the largest auditoriums in South Africa and one of the 10 largest lyric theatres in the world. Montecasino has a novel approach to staging events. Providing it sees mileage from it, space and facilities are often provided free of charge to promoters in return for sponsorship credit in publicity and plenty of tickets that can then be passed on to the casino's guests. idea of consultant Ken Rosevear from MGM in Las Vegas. Infi nitely more understated than the typical Vegas theme, the Tuscan idea has proved very popular with visitors. " It has the advantage of scale," explains Howell. " Vegas themes are scaled- down versions of, say, the pyramids or Venice. Although our facilities are inside and under one roof, everything is full scale and based on actual Italian buildings." The architectural team took thousands of reference photos from which to base their designs, even to the extent of putting bird droppings on lampposts and fading those walls that ought to be in the sun. The effect is a highly realistic- looking centuries- old village, complete with stream- except that it just happens to have 1,714 slot machines and 76 gaming tables. Although 95 percent of the R1 billion- plus revenue comes from gaming, it didn't take Montecasino long to realise that the complex was not competing with other casinos but with all other enticements for disposable income. After all, the six casinos spread around Gauteng ( part of what was the Transvaal, incorporating Johannesburg and Pretoria) appeal to the population in that catchment area, and there isn't a great deal of movement between one area and the next. As such, the complex has evolved and developed considerably since it opened, becoming a total entertainment centre. Today there are theatres, cinemas, restaurants and conference halls; there are two hotels- soon there will be a third- and numerous shops. There is The South African hospitality industry arguably stands much to lose in the current economy and the most to gain in the upcoming Soccer World Cup. With this harsh reality as the current backdrop, strategic business partnerships have never been more important. Montecasino has partnered with Quest Hospitality for more than 10 years. Quest's agility and high standards of strategic forecasting and operational excellence add value to ensure that partnerships like this endure. Having received recognition as one of Montecasino's longest serving partners, Quest is proud of how the partnership has evolved; now supplying around 170 staff across many categories from food and beverage services to clerical. It is strong, mutually benefi cial partnerships like this one, which will see not only business South Africa score in 2010, but the thousands of men and women who Quest employ each and every day. Quest Hospitality