Sudipta Dev – Mumbai
Casino Royale Goa is the country’s largest offshore casino owned by Delta Corp. The company focuses on two business segments – gaming and hospitality. “The business of hospitality is complementary to our gaming business. Globally, most casinos are attached to or part of a hotel as it is an important component of the customer service element and marketing strategy. As part of our marketing strategy, the hotels that we have fall into different categories so that we can attract customers from different segments and offer them options,” said the spokesperson of Delta Corp. The company currently has two properties — Deltin Suites (owned), a 106-key hotel in North Goa; and Villa De Penha (leased), a 26-key boutique waterfront property. Delta Corp has also invested in a five-star deluxe hotel in Daman that is proposed to house a large-format casino as well.
Pointing out that Delta’s core focus area remains that of gaming and hospitality, the spokesperson said that the company will not invest in standalone hotel properties which do not offer a gaming option. “Consequently, we will only consider regions that permit gaming in India. These are Goa, Daman & Diu, and Sikkim,” he added.
The company is presently operating in Goa and is looking to commence its Daman operations as well. “We have not yet explored Sikkim but that remains a jurisdiction which fits our criteria and can be looked at from a future strategy point of view. Currently, however, we have no plans to be in Sikkim,” he mentioned. Casino Royale Goa, anchored in Mandovi River, Goa, has more than 10,000 square feet of live gaming area. Deltin Suites is an all suite luxury property.