“Construction should begin before the end of the year and we will do everything necessary for that to happen. There is still a lot of paperwork to be done, but progress is being made and I think the most important requirements have already been met. It will be a great tourist complex, with a casino, a 250 room hotel and ample parking space. This will be a project that will mark a before and after for the City of Ciudad del Este,” said Leite after the presentation.
The hotel complex will require an investment of $75m-80m. Building work could begin by the end of the year and is expected to take between 18-24 months.
The confirmation of the Hard Rock projects comes at an interesting time for Ciudad del Este. Last year the Capitalis Investment Group who hold the Sheraton franchise in Paraguay announced the building of a 4 Points hotel in the city as well as the construction of a World Trade Center business tower. Other development projects are expected to be announced shortly as well as a new urban master plan to redevelop the downtown area, designed by Brazilian architect Cassio Taniguchi.