Pacific Islands

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.

 Casino operators in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands will now be permitted to seek accords with junket operators after the Commonwealth Casino Commission approved new guidelines.

Attorney General Edward Manibusan has said under the Tinian Casino Gaming Act, the Tinian Casino Gaming Control Commission cannot collect any special fees described in NMIAC Section 170-30.2-825 or the “Special Fee Assessments for General Operations of the Commission”.

Imperial Pacific, operator of Best Sunshine International, has been deemed financially able to complete construction of its $500 million Grand Mariana Casino Project in Garapan, according to local media sourced from the Commonwealth Casino Commission.

The Tinian Department of Labor has sanctioned Tinian Trading International, a company which supplies staff to Tinian Dynasty.

The Commonwealth Casino Commission has approved regulations and guidelines that would allow junket operators to bring high rollers to the Saipan Casino, local media reports.

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