The management of Federal Palace Hotel has disclosed that the Casino has contributed to the occupancy rates of the hotel , just as it has fulfilled its promise of givingÂ out a Kia Mohave sport utility vehicle to any customer who will emerge winner in the hotelâ€™s casinoâ€˜s monthly â€Betta Followâ€ promo.
So, it was a joyous George Barchini, a Lebanese businessman based in Lagos that took home the Kia SUV after picking the key to the car among ten other contestants in the draw that marked the end of the â€œBetta Follow Me promoâ€ weekend.
During the draw, the external ball roomÂ hall was filled with everyone waiting to know who would drive away the star prize for the April draw.
Mr. David Kliegl, the hotelâ€™s General Manager, in a chat with journalists after the draw said the casino has contributed to the hotelâ€™s occupancy rate, â€œ many of the players are invited to stay with us, and we hope as our new swimming pool comes on we will become a recreational destination and the casino is one of the components of recreation as it provides entertainment for people to pass time and when we have the swimming pool and the tennis court and eventually the golf course they will be other component of creating an entertainment destination.â€
He said as part of making the hotel an entertainment destination that they have spent huge amount of money to erect the external ball room which can seat about 800 people.
â€œAs you can see the venue we are standing now is also a fantastic venue for entertainment, we have had a lot of functions here. So when you come to the federal palace there will be various forms of entertainment weather at the swimming pool, casino or just listening to jazz at the bar. There will be some entertainment on offers.â€
The General Manager of the refurbished hotel, Mr. David Kliegl, said with the promoÂ is to attract customers and to reward people who participate in the casino, â€œ it is for those who have supported us regularly in the casino.
He added that â€œWe have guaranteed that we can pay allÂ of our jackpot, so it does not come to the fact thatÂ we donâ€™t have the funds to pay the jackpots and we are also trying to create more excitement as we can for our players. The car thing is one of the things that we do.
David Kliegl disclosed that the renovation taking place in the hotel is been done inÂ phases, â€œwhat we are doing currently is just finished the erection of external ball room, we have the casino, if you look at the front you will see the constructions round the swimming pool is very well advanced, the swimming pool project cost $2.5m , we hope that by August or September to start with the tower hotel. By the time we finish with the renovation the cost will be about $200m.
The February draw was won by an India who got a brand new Kia Cerato car, while two other winners went home with $3,000.
The March draw saw Mr. Felix Adediran emerge the winner among 10 contestants whose tickets were picked from a manually operated machine.
Federal palace Hotel Casino is operated under the management of Sun International Limited, the pioneer of smart card gaming in South Africa, and offers a wide range of slots and table games, stuffed with 195 world_class slots machines.
The casino hall houses traditional reel slots, the latest multi_line video slots, video poker and touch bet roulettes etc with the best in terms of audio and visual display together with exciting features to keep customers entertained.