The Quebec Mont Tremblant casino is to operate part time from now on in order to limit its losses as much as possible. With its 4 million losses, the Mont Tremblant casino is going through a difficult time and has revenue of “only” 20 million dollars which is far from the 50 million dollars predicted by the management before its launch. So 35 positions will be lost between employees and executives out of the 150 who work in this casino.

From November the 5th the casino will be open from Thursday to Sunday and will be closed from Monday to Wednesday inclusive. This way of operating is the only way that the casino can continue to function because of the effects of the economic downturn. The management is making sure that all of the employees involved in these changes are employed in the casinos of other groups which are its beneficiaries. In fact, Loto-Quebec manages the land based casinos in Quebec which are in the black like the Montreal casino, the Charlevoix casino and the Lac-Leamy casino. These three casinos have positive results in contrast to the Mont Tremblant casino which is in the red.

The dealers are to be placed in the group’s other casinos along with the floor staff and the executives. The list of those affected by this reorganization has not been made public.

The trade unions say they are disappointed by this decision but the future of the Quebec casino is in question and this part time operation is the only solution so that the casino doesn’t have to close down. In May, the casino will be open for the whole week as there are more visitors in summer than in winter.

The casino industry is in trouble and the economic downturn is having a strong impact on the Quebec land based casinos and also on those in France, Belgium and Monaco.