the casino is set to reopen in 2024, and curists are delighted.
Bagnères-de-Luchon’s casino, renowned for its romantic, neo-Gothic architecture, is set to reopen in 2024, according to the town’s mayor, Éric Azémar. The casino, which has been an institution since the 19th century but closed its doors several years ago, has directly contributed to Bagnères-de-Luchon’s reputation, alongside the thermal baths. “The casino was once the heart of the town, and curists miss it,” explains the mayor.
Bagnères-de-Luchon casino: a listed monument closed for fifteen years
The Bagnères-de-Luchon casino was built between 1878 and 1880 in a highly atypical neo-romantic style. The building is accompanied by a fabulous theater, the whole ensemble being listed as a historic monument.
Unfortunately, the casino owner who managed and operated the casino jumped ship in 2009, leaving the casino vacant. And despite numerous attempts to revive the casino, no project has so far succeeded in reviving the Bagnères-de-Luchon casino. Last hopes now rest with the municipality, who are more determined than ever to bring the establishment back to life.as a means of revitalizing the local economy after far too many years of inertia.
Reopening in 2024, with a restaurant and entertainment to boot!
” If all goes well, we’d like to reopen at the end of 2024. We’ll be launching a sourcing campaign, which means communicating our desire to bring the casino back to life to professionals specializing in the gaming sector, both in France and in Europe. “, explains Mayor Éric Azémar. ” If we succeed in relaunching the casino’s activity, we won’t just be offering curists the chance to gamble. The casino operator will be required to offer a range of entertainment throughout the year. It will also have to provide a restaurant for its customers. “he concludes.
It goes without saying that the operator chosen to manage and operate the casino will be selected under a public service delegation scheme. Once back on its feet, the casino should enable Bagnères-de-Luchon to regain its former splendor. In order to re-establish the town as a tourist hub in the Haute-Garonne department, a more comprehensive project will be launched. This will involve renovating the thermal baths, enabling the station to accommodate more trains and, in short, doing everything possible to ensure that investors are willing to support the casino’s revival.
” We’ll need to pay between 15 and 20 employees to keep the casino running all year round. This means there are real economic prospects for investors. “says Mayor Éric Azémar.