THE DEVELOPER TriGranit has started work on its resurrected project for the Metropolis congress and amusement centre, the Trend weekly wrote in mid March. TriGranit originally introduced the project in 2009, but it was later frozen.

The project, which obtained an acknowledgement about an important investment from the cabinet, should be built on the outskirts of Bratislava, between Petržalka and Jarovce, near the borders with Austria and Hungary. The project was known in the past especially thanks to the planned casino, which, however, is no longer included in the plans.

So far the developer has invested €30 million into land and project documentation. Now it is choosing the best model of financing.

The plan is to build, along with an aqua park and a congress centre, a multifunctional arena for 12,000 spectators for holding large concerts and other cultural or international sports events.

Investments in this first phase are estimated at €223 million and its construction is planned to last from 2014 until 2018. Later, TriGranit would like to further expand the centre and develop it into a large amusement park, while the total investments may reach as much as €1.5 billion.

MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) tourism is regarded as the most lucrative part of the tourism industry.

“The Slovak capital really lacks a congress centre with sufficient accommodation facilities,” Stanislav Macko, vice-president of the Slovak Tourism Association (ZCR) said, as cited by the Hospodárske Noviny daily, adding that building a centre like Metropolis would put Bratislava in the running to attract this kind of tourism.