Pacific Islands

Fiji’s Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) will declare Fiji a casino-free country, if elected into government, local media reported. In its manifesto, the party said it does not support casinos. One Hundred Sands was granted an exclusive licence to construct and manage Fiji's first casino on Denarau Island in December 2011. SODELPA does not appear to warm up to the idea, saying it will review the casino licence, and cancel it if it is legally feasible.

The Northern Marianas Lottery Commission has set a 30 day deadline to finalize the terms of a deal to build a $2 billion casino on Saipan with Best Sunshine International, Radio New Zealand reports.
The Commission and the Hong-Kong based company, Best Sunshine International Limited, are working through the details of the deal, such as the location of the 2,000-room hotels to be developed with the casino, it said.
Best Sunshine beat out rival bidder Marianas Stars Entertainment for the license to build the island’s first casino.
 

Samoa is set to get its first casino at Aggie Grey’s Lagoon Beach Resort & Spa in August, with a second planned for early 2015, as the South Pacific island seeks to boost tourism numbers, which plummeted after 2009’s devastating tsunami

The Lottery Commission in the Northern Marianas is expected to finalize details of a $2 billion casino resort on the island of Saipan with developer Best Sunshine International this week, Radio New Zealand reports.
The commission awarded the license to Best Sunshine earlier this month following an acrimonious tender process. Losing bidder Marianas Stars Entertainment had sought a court injunction to block the process.
The report said among the contentious issues in the negotiations are the location of the casino and 2,000 rooms, on the limited space available on Saipan.

Samoa is set to get its first casino at Aggie Grey’s Lagoon Beach Resort & Spa in August, with a second planned for early 2015, as the South Pacific island seeks to boost tourism numbers, which plummeted after 2009’s devastating tsunami.

The casino at the 145-room luxury hotel will be managed by Australia’s Indo Pacific Gaming International and Hong Kong’s Gaming Concepts Group. It will have 12 tables and a variety of electronic gaming machines.

Samoa is set to get its first casino at Aggie Grey’s Lagoon Beach Resort & Spa in August, with a second planned for early 2015, as the South Pacific island seeks to boost tourism numbers, which plummeted after 2009’s devastating tsunami.

 



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Mega Stars Overseas, whose Marianas Stars Entertainment unit this week missed out on a $2 billion casino license on the island of Saipan, has been urged to re-channel its efforts into bolstering its project on neighbouring Tinian.

Tinian Mayor Ramon M. Dela Cruz said Mega Stars executives should take advantage of the window of opportunity before the new luxury resort is built to protect their investments on Tinian and to promote its brand overseas.

Mega Stars Overseas, whose Marianas Stars Entertainment unit this week missed out on a $2 billion casino license on the island of Saipan, has been urged to re-channel its efforts into bolstering its project on neighbouring Tinian.

 



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Hong Kong-backed Best Sunshine International has won a license to build a $2 billion integrated resort on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands.
The Lottery Commission awarded the license by a vote of 4-0, the Saipan Tribune reported.

The senate of the Northern Mariana Islands has passed an amended casino bill, paving the way for the Lottery Commission to select one of two $2 billion casino projects proposed for the island of Saipan.
Best Sunshine International and Marianas Stars Entertainment are both competing for the license and have been mired in a legal battle over the legislative process.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong-based Honest Profit International has signed a lease accord on 40,087 square meters of land on Saipan, where it plans to build a $130 million, 300-room hotel.

The Northern Mariana Islands’ House of Representatives has repealed a bill to allow casinos on the island of Saipan and re-enacted the legislation with amendments to correct ambiguities, The Saipan Times said.
The amended bill awards full power to the Lottery Commission to issue a license and designates the Lottery Commission’s chairman as the expenditure authority for the application fees.
Two companies are currently competing for a license to build a $2 billion resort on the island, though the process has become mired in legal wrangling.

Marianas Stars Entertainment, which is one of two companies competing for a license to operate a $2 billion integrated resort on Saipan, says its project will provide a boost of between $300 million to $500 million to the island’s economy once it’s fully operational and will provide 5,000 jobs.
The company said the project will give a $50 million bump to growth during the construction phase from 2015 to 2017.

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