Giant water feature planned for PE casino development

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Emfuleni Resorts, the largest black owned and controlled leisure company in the Eastern Cape, has released details of plans to invest R1-billion in new convention, luxury hotel, family entertainment and gaming facilities at its Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World in Port Elizabeth.

Among the plans are details of a new five-star hotel with 135 rooms. Part of proposals to extend the Boardwalk development and scheduled to open next year, the hotel will have two swimming pools and a wide range of facilities associated with luxury hotels, including a 142-seat smoking bar.

Each of the guestrooms will be a minimum of 38m2 and there will also be a presidential suite and six other suites.

A 3 000 sq m convention centre is also part of the plans and will be able to seat more than 2 000 people in cinema style. It will be divisible into three separate function areas and the pre-assembly area will overlook Nelson Mandela Bay. In addition it will have two board rooms, a business centre and four break-away rooms.

The convention centre is expected to open at the end of this year.

The Boardwalk has become a tourism icon for Port Elizabeth and the entire Nelson Mandela Bay region and is ranked as the second favourite attraction in the area after the extensive sandy beaches and Indian Ocean bathing.

For many tourists the most exciting part of the new development will be the Boardwalk Multimedia Lake Spectacular, which will be one of the largest musical water extravaganzas the world has ever seen.

The R30-million water spectacular includes the world's longest water tunnel. Crafted with the latest individually illuminated hydro static valves, the fountain will shoot jets of water 60m into the sky with compressed air. The individual fountains will be choreographed to dance and move to an infinite variety of musical scores every half hour.

The spectacle will be free for anyone to see from The Boardwalk promenade, providing a spectacle for locals and tourists alike, as well as entertainment for restaurant guests seated along the water's edge.

At night spectacular multi-media shows will be projected onto a water screen. One of the shows that is being planned - subject to the necessary permissions being obtained - will be based on Nelson Mandela's life.

A water tunnel will also be created by jets of water jumping back and forth over an existing bridge. During the intervals between the shows, a large keyboard on The Boardwalk promenade will allow children to play different musical notes that will that operate some of the fountain's nozzles. The fountain is attached to a wind velocity meter that will control the elevation of the water based on the wind speed reached.

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