New Colombo casino zone taking shape

    Published in: Latest Intelligence   Manila’s Entertainment City casino zone has only just opened, but the project already appears to be inspiring other Asian capitals. Authorities in Colombo are now preparing their own new gambling and entertainment district, with Australia’s Crown Ltd. positioned to be the first of an expected four new entrants. Crown appears to be eyeing a site in the Sri Lankan capital now used as a public car park and owned by local businessman Ravi Wijeratne, himself owner of the Star Dust Casino, in the city’s Fort area, close to luxury hotels like the Hilton, and at one end of DR Wijewardene Mawatha, a street earmarked to be developed as a gaming and entertainment area. Surrounded by old government warehouses bordering a lake on one side and a railway yard on the other, the leafy street currently houses one casino and the authorities have begun to knock down some of...

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