MICC chief executive Lesley Tomlinson said: “The decision will have a direct impact on the venue as an increasing number of high-profile events will undoubtedly be attracted to the city.”
Liz Taylor, director of Manchester-based agency the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC), said: “The casino will offer TLC a wider variety of choices and increased versatility in the corporate hospitality packages and incentives that it offers its blue-chip clients.”
The Casino Advisory Panel’s decision will result in a £265m investment in the supercasino, based at Sport-city in the Beswick area. It is expected to create 2,700 jobs. But the announcement on 30 January came as a blow to the areas that lost out.
A Blackpool Council spokeswoman said: “The regeneration of Blackpool will definitely press ahead. It must be remembered that a supercasino was just one element of the drive to create a resort for the 21st century.”
Glasgow City Marketing Bureau chief executive Scott Taylor said: “It won’t hold us back in the drive to increase tourism to Glasgow by 60% over the next 10 years.” David Campbell, chief executive of Anschutz Entertainment Group, owner of The O2 in Greenwich, declined to comment.
The decision will now be debated in the House of Commons.