The Melco Group has debuted the third of four satellite casinos on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, as C2 Ayia Napa officially opened to the public. 

Becoming the third such property in stable of Cyprus Casinos, the first and only licensed operator in the republic, it follows similar such openings in Nicosia and Larnaca in December last year.

This comes as Melco continues development of the €550m City of Dreams Mediterranean, scheduled to be open in 2021, located in Limassol, where a temporary property has been in operation for over a year.

C2 Ayia Napa, which like its sister properties is permitted due to an exclusive agreement with the country’s government, is situated in the heart of the resort town, with its gaming area featuring 50 slot machines, operated in accordance with Cypriot legislation and Melco’s responsible gaming program.

Craig Ballantyne, property president of City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus Casinos, emphasised a belief that the location is ideal for a satellite entity:  “We are delighted to be launching our third satellite casino, further expanding our C2 portfolio. 

“We are confident that C2 Ayia Napa will help to enhance the city’s tourist product and significantly contribute to the sustainable growth of the local and island’s economy. At the same time, the casino will offer an exceptional entertainment experience for both local and foreign guests.”

Last week The Melco Group was honoured in recognition of the organisation’s continued investment in the island at the eighth Invest Cyprus International Investment Awards, taking place at the presidential palace under the authority Nicos Anastasiades, president of the Republic of Cyprus.

City of Dreams’ gaming area is set be installed with 36 tables and 1,200 gaming machines, with the complex also to feature a five-star hotel with luxurious villas and 500 hotel rooms, 11 restaurants and cafeterias, a wellness centre, a sports centre, an extensive pool area with river woods and surf pools, a high-end retail area and an outdoor amphitheatre with extensive green areas.