Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia. Located on Australia’s east coast, the metropolis surrounds the world’s largest natural harbour, and sprawls towards the Blue Mountains to the west.
The Sydney Casino and Tourism Industry in Sydney
Sydney has an advanced market economy with strengths in finance, manufacturing and tourism. Sydney has been ranked amongst the top fifteen cities in the world for tourism every year since 2000. On average, the tourism industry contributes $36 million to the city’s economy per day. The top three most visited tourist destinations in Australia are actually casinos, apparently, and in a list of the world’s top 100 tourist destinations, Crown Casino Melbourne is Australia’s most popular destination, drawing up to almost 11 million visitors per annum.
Next to the Crown Casino Melbourne, tourists hitting up AU are mostly going to the Gold Coast’s Jupiters Hotel and Casino, which also gathers a crowd of about 10 and a half million. And at third place following closely behind the two mentioned is The Star Sydney Casino and hotel in Sydney, which draws about 9 million visitors every year. To compare, more iconic destinations like the Sydney Opera House, only attract around 8 million visitors annually.
Quick Facts about Sydney Casinos
All in all, Sydney, New South Wales has 3 gambling facilities, 680 table games, and about 2,000 gaming, slot, and video poker machines.
Currently, The Star Sidney Casino is the biggest casino is Sydney. It has 1500 gaming machines and 200 table games .However, this will soon be surpassed by Crown Sydney’s 448,000 square feet gaming space. This casino hotel resort is still under construction though; the estimated time of completion of the said project is on January 2019.
Crown Sydney is a six-star casino and hotel resort that is pending planning approval for construction in Barangaroo, Sydney, Australia. When it opens in 2019, it will be the second legal casino in Sydney (the other being The Star). However, unlike The Star, Crown Sydney’s casino will only operate with VIP membership restrictions. With 75 floors (including mezzanines) and a height of 271.3 m (890 ft), it will become the city’s tallest habitable building, surpassing Chifley Tower. Construction is expected to start in 2016.