Pacific Islands

Imperial Pacific’s temporary casino on Saipan generated VIP turnover of US$2.15 billion in the month of April, down 48.1 percent year-on-year, according to the latest company filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Saipan’s casino regulator is urging Imperial Pacific International to get involved in the recent fiasco involving illegal workers at IPI’s casino construction site.

A representative from the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands’ legislature has criticized the government over ongoing issues relating to workers at Imperial Pacific’s casino construction site, the Saipan Tribune reports.

More than 50 Chinese construction workers hired to build the Imperial Pacific Hotel & Resort gathered in a protest on Friday demanding to be paid their wages.

Imperial Pacific’s new casino is set to feature more than 300 gaming tables and 48 baccarat tables once it gets the go-ahead to open to the public.

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly, will decide whether the CNMI can continue a visa-waiver program for Chinese and Russian tourists, Marianas Variety reported, citing an interview with a U.S. official.

Ratings firm Moody’s Investor Services shaved its rating on Imperial Pacific by one notch to "Caa1" and said it still had a negative outlook on the company, indicating it sees a significant chance of another downgrade in the medium term.

Tonga Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has shot down the idea of a casino resort being developed in the country.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested two people in connection with the death of a construction worker at Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd’s Saipan casino site, according to Bloomberg.

A company looking to build a casino in the Kingdom of Tonga has reportedly been given tentative approval from the government.

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