Okada Manila is planning to hire around 8,000 people for its first phase of operation, which is set to open next month, local media reports.
The 44-hectare property located in Entertainment City in Parañaque, is said to be the biggest integrated resort in the country once fully operational.
The 8,000 people to be hired will include corporate professionals to resort managers and personnel, according to the company.
“The $2.4-billion Okada Manila project… is expected to contribute heavily both in generating local jobs and also in improving the country’s tourism revenues,” said the company in a statement.
Recently at a conference in Macau, CLSA’s Marcus Liu noted that Okada Manila will likely open with fewer than 500 tables.
“The property can put gaming in the Philippines firmly on the regional gaming map,” said Liu.
The CLSA analyst also suggested that the operator may benefit from opening later than the December deadline.
Instead, “they should open Q1 or Q2 next year,” he said. “There will likely be a period of adjustment as the market absorbs the additional capacity but [we] expect the property to grow the sector over the medium to longer term.” he noted.
The first phase of the project will include a casino floor, two hotel wings, nightclub and beach club, retail area, restaurants and an iconic fountain.
The resort is claimed to be one of the largest in the world.