Business leaders from Surrey and White Rock are joining forces in support of new entertainment choices and job creation at the proposed South Surrey Entertainment Complex.
In citing the benefits of the project, the Surrey Board of Trade, the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, and the South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce say that the new convention and entertainment facilities will be a major tourism destination for the local economy.
“New convention and meeting space is badly needed,” said Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman, noting that the Gateway Casino proposal includes a four-star 200-room hotel, 27,000 square-feet of meeting space and an 800-seat show theatre.
“This facility will generate economic spinoffs across a range of local businesses, such as meeting and event planners, transportation, food service suppliers,” said Huberman.
“Saying yes to this facility will bring $100 million in private sector investment to Surrey, along with 1,200 jobs during construction, and 500 full-time jobs long term,” said Cliff Annable, Executive Director of the South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce. “We encourage the community to support the new Entertainment Complex.”
According to the BC Lottery Corporation, Surrey residents spend some $80 million annually on gaming outside the city’s boundaries.
“Surrey is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada, yet right now we are seeing our residents cross the border to neighbouring municipalities or even the US to spend their entertainment dollars,” noted Huberman. “This project will help keep that spending in our community.”