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Casinos Austria International: Viage competition will be negligible. There are plenty of good places to eat too, Webb admits. " But we are positioned very differently. Viage will be the only total package entertainment destination in the country." The only real competition at present is CAI's own Grand Casino Brussels, a temporary operation that will transmute seamlessly into Viage when it is ready. Grand Casino Brussels will close and Viage will open its doors for gaming on 26 February. The food and beverage outlets and the theatre will follow within weeks, and Webb is looking to a grand launch party in April. In terms of the global economy, this timing may not be as bad as it may seem, he feels. " It has meant that we have had to be very lean and focused on cost efficiency. When you set out that way you are in a really good position as the economy starts to recover and people start to spend again." As far as CAI is concerned, Viage Brussels could herald new customer- and family- friendly facilities all over Europe. " The fact that we dropped the name casino from our brand is an indication that we are moving in a different direction as far as European casino operations are concerned. In some places, ' casino' has a slightly negative connotation. And we have also said we are not going to compromise our non- gaming operations- they are not an add- on to the gaming operation. The quality of the entertainment and the food and beverage services will be just as important as the quality of the gaming experience." - Editorial research by Sam Howard January 10 www. bus- ex. com 29 " People tend to look for the place where they feel most comfortable and Viage gives them numerous different places to choose from"