Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Playa del Carmen will see the opening of its first casino in the facilities of the old Tequila Barrel on Fifth Avenue.
Although the bar was, for years, known for sports betting, not all local entrepreneurs are keen on seeing a casino take its place.
Riviera Maya Hotel Association’s vice president Andrea Lotito, says that a casino will fracture the essence of the focused services such as gastronomy and handicrafts.
“I think this type of business does not go with the essence of the destination which is sun, beach gastronomy and Mayan culture. Especially on the most well-known avenue of the world. We prefer to prosper businesses that promote the great variety of handicrafts and foods of which Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula are rich (…)
“Fun and play in its various aspects should not be the only attraction of our destination, but we have much more to offer,” insisted Andrea Lotito.
In July, Tequila Barrel staff began dismantling the old facilities in order to make way for a new four-story casino that is scheduled to open by the end of the year.
Ricardo del Valle Prieto, secretary general of the Association of Bars and Clubs, says that the new Tequiila Barrel Bar and Casino should be open for December, adding that the project is good news as it will generate more diverse attractions for Riviera Maya as well as a “significant economic spill in the city”, noting that in the future, additional similar businesses could open.