Pacific Islands

Imperial-Pacific owned Best Sunshine, which has been developing a $7.1 billion casino-resort in the Northern Marianas, has been eyeing the Northern Marianas Housing Corp.'s idle piece of property in the heart of the busy Garapan business district, a local source reports.

The U.S. Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal filed by more than 500 guest workers of Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino who sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary for denying their CW-1 petitions.

Hong Kong Entertainment owned Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino is to temporarily suspend hotel operations due to lack of customers, according to Tinian Mayor Joey Patrick San Nicolas.

Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investments Ltd., owner of Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino is to forfeit $2.5 million for failing to document over $138 million in reportable cash transactions, Marianas Variety reports.

Il Hwan Kim, president of IH Group and Edward Atalig Hocog Jr., vice president of IH Group are planning to build a 1,100-room hotel and casino on the island of Rota, local media reports.

The outgoing head of the Marianas Visitors Authority says the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands needs to seek diversity in its tourism markets and that casinos are proving a draw to visitors.

Macau-based Alter City Group has applied for full tax benefits under the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands' qualifying certificate program, amounting to $1.1 billion.

Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific International Holdings has announced its temporary casino on Saipan has generated VIP rolling of US$2.3 billion in January, according to a recent filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona Manglona has dismissed with prejudice the charges against former Tinian Dynasty’s casino VIP services manager George Que, according to local media.

Dismissed with prejudice means the U.S. government is not allowed to re-file the same case in the future. Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell Lorfing said the motion to dismiss was made in good faith, primarily based on the deferred-prosecution agreement of the parties.

The Tinian casino Gaming Control Commission has approved Alter Casino Group’s applications for a conditional license to operate a casino facility in Tinian, according to the Marianas Variety.

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