Pacific Islands

Imperial Pacific may request another extension to the deadline set for completion of 329 rooms for its hotel project, local media cited Commonwealth Casino Commission Executive Director Edward Deleon Guerrero as saying.

Imperial Pacific’s Saipan office was allegedly raided by U.S. federal agents last week, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The casino operator however said it had not heard of any official visit to its offices, and denied any wrongdoing that would prompt an investigation.

It is not clear what the purpose of last week’s raid was, and the FBI declined to confirm or deny any ongoing cases related to the company.

In April last year, similar news reports surfaced which claimed that IPI’s offices were raided by federal agents.

The U.S. government has ordered four China-based construction contractors behind IPI’s new casino resort on Garapan to pay a collective $13.9 million in back wages and damages to employees who came from China to work on the casino’s construction site.

A lawyer representing Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC told the Commonwealth Casino Commission last week that they are planning to propose an extension to resort completion deadline.

Imperial Pacific International said it “repudiates all allegations of wrongdoing” published in an investigative article by Bloomberg looking into its operations on Saipan.

Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific International said it is working on recruiting more U.S. workers for its hotel-casino in Garapan.

Tourist arrivals to the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands surged 30 percent in 2017, helped by improved transport links and infrastructure, though labor shortages continue to plague the development of resorts on the islands.

Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific has appointed Marco Teng as its new chairman, replacing former chairman Mark Brown, local media reports.

The principal owner of Tinian Entertainment Corp. says he is interested in resurrecting the defunct Tinian Dynasty hotel and casino.

Imperial Pacific International has confirmed recent rumors about the departure of its chairman Mark Brown.