Published on December 4, 2014 in Industry News

Antigua K-ClubThe small Caribbean island of Antigua will be getting a much needed economic boost in the near future thanks to Hollywood actor Robert De Niro.

De Niro will be teaming up with Australian billionaire businessman, James Packer, to take over the abandoned K-Club resort on Barbuda. There are plans underway for De Niro and Packer to restore the once beautiful location to its former glory by expanding into a five-star resort that will operate under the Paradise Found brand. 

While there has been no mention of whether or not the new five-star resort will include a casino, Antigua’s busy nightlife is already home to many land-based casinos. Antigua was also one of the first nations to legalize, license and regulate online gambling. It would seem that this small Caribbean island would be an ideal location for gambling getaway.  

Not only is Robert De Niro wanting to restore the K-Club but he has also been appointed as a special economic envoy by the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne. This took place after De Niro signed a memorandum of agreement for a $250 million hotel investment. The prime minister said that he believed De Niro’s “celebrity status will attract more American celebrities to Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean.” 

The joint deal between Packer and De Niro is a huge opportunity for the people of Antigua and Barbuda. The government’s Chief of Staff, Lionel ‘Max’ Hurst, made the announcement on state television saying, “In Barbuda, we have a great scheme worked out with the son of Kerry Packer, who is himself a billionaire and actor Robert De Niro and they are going to take the K-Club and breathe new life into it.” 

Construction and renovation of the K-Club are set to be underway before the end of 2015.